Jake Paul fired a stark warning to his first professional boxing foe when telling Hasim Rahman Jr. he’ll ‘get beat up by a Disney boy!’
The YouTuber is a jack of all trades regarding online influencing and consistently courts infamy wherever he roams.
However, for the first time in his controversial career, Paul (5-0, 4 KOs) will take on a full-fledged boxer in Rahman Jr.
His opponent is 12-1 with six knockouts. He’s had around 100 amateur fights.
Such greats have also trained Rahman Jr as Emanuel Steward, Calvin Ford, and now Yoel Judah.
Speaking as the pair went face-to-face, Paul didn’t seem to care who was listening to his list of achievements.
“The Problem Child” Rahman Jr. didn’t waste any time expressing their dislike for each other during a heated and, at times, furious press conference.
They vowed to knock the other out ahead of their cruiserweight clash. The main event is scheduled for eight rounds on Saturday, August 6, live on SHOWTIME PPV (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).
“He’s going to get beat up by a singer, a musician, a seashell collector, an amateur, a Disney Boy, a YouTuber. I’m all of these things.”
“I beat him in sparring, and he knows that too. We have the footage. It’s bring-your-kid-to-work day.”
On facing a different stance for the first time, Paul added: “We know he’s going to come out southpaw. So it’s me fighting a southpaw for the first time.
“But other than that, nothing really changes in my preparation. I spar with professional fighters in the gym all the time – two to three times a week for the past three years.
“Those guys are way better than him, so nothing really changes. We’re prepared for this.”
Paul and Rahman Jr. are familiar with one another from their days as sparring partners. Rahman Jr. helped Paul prepare for his pro debut, which Paul won spectacularly via first-round knockout in January 2020.
When Rahman Jr. sparred with Paul again to help him get ready for his second fight later that year, Rahman Jr. praised his opponent for improving both his technique and punching power.
Paul detonated a right hand that sent shockwaves around the sport, and not in a good way.
Concluding their 2019 training sessions, Paul stated: “You got beat [in sparring], and you know it.”
Madison Square Garden
Paul and Rahman will trade blows from the world-famous Madison Square Garden in New York City. Twenty thousand tickets are available, with plenty still left for purchase.
Furthermore, the ‘Disney Boy’ will be hoping he doesn’t get the Mickey taken out of him on fight night.
Rahman’s odds have ominously closed since the pair went head-to-head.