The sales of Jake Paul tickets for his latest boxing match with Hasim Rahman Jr. appear alarming with three weeks until the first bell.
Paul, attempting to headline on his own at Madison Square Garden for the first time, must sell 20,000 tickets to hit his target.
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The YouTuber is adamant he will campaign in front of that amount of fans when trading barbs with Rahman Jr. at the press conference.
However, according to Ticketmaster, only 21 days remain for Paul to sell well over half the tickets left.
“You’re probably a little nervous about what happened [when we sparred],” Paul told Rahman.
“But under the lights with ten-ounce gloves is going to be different. That’s why I do this sport.
“I don’t do this sport to spar. I do this sport to fight. When he gets under the lights at Madison Square Garden in front of 20,000 fans, you’ll see what the result is.”
The former Disney star may have to eat his own words unless sales of tickets get ramped up for August 6th as Paul faces a bonafide boxer for the first time.
Joel Fisher, Executive Vice President at The Garden, seems confident there’ll be no issue regarding fight night.
“We here at The Garden are incredibly honored to host this fight between Jake Paul and Hasim Rahman Jr.,” said Fisher.
“Jake is an incredibly great partner. He’s really into the business of boxing and a real supporter of women’s boxing.
“But we also know that Jake is into boxing. He’s passionate about it. I’m sure he’s in tremendous shape.”
“I want to welcome Hasim here. I want to personally thank you for stepping up quickly and stepping down in weight. We appreciate everything that you’re doing.”
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Fisher gave a nod to Hasim Rahman Sr. “The Rock” beat Kali Meehan via fourth-round stoppage at MSG two decades ago.
“You’re following in your father’s footsteps, who fought here and won in 2004,” he pointed out before tipping his hat to co-feature Amanda Serrano.
“The promotion we had with Amanda and Katie a few months ago was tremendous. It was historic. It was one of the greatest nights of boxing that we’ve ever had here at The Garden.
“Amanda is one of the best people, boxers, that I’ve ever worked with. She’s just been tremendous, and we know that she’ll be ready.”
Serrano, who may be relied upon to help Jake Paul in a tickets push, added his thoughts on the event.
“I’m truly honored to have such a fast turnaround. The fight with Katie Taylor was a huge event, not just for females but for boxing in general.
“I’m super happy to be back at MSG with my manager Jake Paul. We get to show the world that we’re fighters.
“He gets to take off his promoter turtleneck. He’ll put on his boxing boots to show that he’s also a fighter.”
On defending her titles, Serrano concluded: “These (featherweight belts) are my babies. I work super hard for these belts.
“I went up to 135 in my last two fights to get this fight with Katie Taylor. I’m not a legitimate 135-pounder.
“I’m a featherweight, and that’s why I need to defend these titles. After this one, it’s onto the next one against the other champions.”
The views expressed in this article are the opinions of Phil Jay.