Per ESNews via Sports Illustrated, the popular Jake Paul will face Hasim Rahman, Jr next. The latter, of course, will be a replacement for Tommy Fury who apparently has passport issues.
So, who is Hasim Rahman Jr?
Boasting a record of 12-1, 6 KO, junior is the 31-year-old is the son of a former fighter with the same name. The elder Rahman competed as a heavyweight from 1994 to 2014 and is a two-time world heavyweight champion, having held the unified WBC, IBF, IBO, and lineal titles in 2001; and the WBC title again from 2005 to 2006.
Rahman Sr landed on the world stage in 2001 when he scored a riveting upset knockout victory against Lennox Lewis to win the unified heavyweight championship. Lewis avenged the loss and regained his championship by knocking out Rahman in a rematch later that year.
In addition to Lewis, Rahman Sr has shared the ring with the likes of Evander Holyfield, James Toney, John Ruiz, Wladimir Klitschko, David Tua, and Oleg Maskaev. Yes, Daddy Rahman has been in there with the best of them.
So what about the son, Jake Paul’s presumed opponent?
Junior was riding high at 12-0 before getting TKO’d in five by James McKenzie Morrison on April 28. Ironically, that opponent is the son of exciting 1990s contender Tommy ‘The Duke’ Morrison.
“There’s something in the blood, there’s something in my genes, there’s something about me,” the younger Rahman Jr told Sky Sports in April 2018.
“I cannot stay away from the sport, I love it.”
“There’s things that average fighters do, there’s things that above-average fighters do, and then there’s things that champions do,” said Hasim Jr who, along with his cruiserweight younger brother, is being guided by his father.
“He’s doing his best to instill in me championship habits from the beginning, me and my brother Sharif. He’s doing his best to prepare us for the championship level now.”
Should Paul vs Rahman get signed, it’ll be a bit surprising because the latter is an established boxer with five years as a pro and 13 fights. Obviously, Rahman’s previous outing, the loss to Morrison, will have been key in getting him this fight should it happen. Perhaps Team Paul thinks they see something in Rahman they can expose?
Make no mistake, Rahman Jr is no Tyron Woodley or Ben Askren – He’s a legit pro boxer from a family of boxers.
Does Jake Paul really want this fight?
Stay tuned for updates on Paul vs Rahman.