For the second time in eight months, a Jake Paul and Tommy Fury fight has been canceled.
As a substitute, Paul, the YouTuber-turned-professional boxer, will tackle Hasim Rahman Jr., the son of the previous heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman, on Aug. 6 at Madison Square Garden, an individual with knowledge of the event said.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to talk publicly on the matter, said the bout could be fought within the cruiserweight division, meaning each fighters will should be not more than 200 kilos on the weigh-ins. (It should be the primary fight for Rahman at cruiserweight; he holds a 12-1 record at heavyweight.)
The fight with Fury fell apart after Fury was not allowed to board a flight last week at Heathrow Airport in London for a scheduled news conference at Madison Square Garden. In a now-deleted video posted to social media, Fury said that he, along together with his “team” and lawyers, had “no clue” why he was denied entry.
Fury said he was told by a U.S. Homeland Security officer that his travel authorization was denied. The difficulty could relate to his family connections with Daniel Kinahan, a boxing promoter who the U.S. government says can be the pinnacle of an Irish drug cartel.
“I need to make clear that I’ll fight in a neutral country that each parties can enter,” Fury said on Instagram on Wednesday. “This may be any time, anywhere, any where.”
Fury’s older half brother, the heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, has also been refused entry into the US, in accordance with the Irish Sunday World. Their father, John Fury, posted a now-deleted video on social media asking Paul to maneuver the fight outside of the US before his son was denied on the airport. “In case you want this fight, my friend, you’ve got it, but we are able to’t take it in America,” he said. “But we’ll negotiate less money to fight elsewhere on this planet.”
The U.S. government announced sanctions against Kinahan and plenty of his associates in April, prohibiting Americans from doing just about all business with him and offering $5 million for information resulting in his arrest. In keeping with the U.S. Treasury Department, Kinahan and his family led Ireland’s strongest organized-crime group, which trafficked drugs and guns.
Kinahan also founded a boxing-promotion company in 2012 and, until the sanctions, had turn out to be a robust force in the game. He was involved in negotiations for a possible fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua that fell apart, and in February, Tyson Fury posed for a photograph in Dubai with Kinahan.
Tyson Fury has repeatedly refused to reply questions on his relationship with Kinahan.
The primary Paul-Fury bout was scheduled for December at Madison Square Garden, but Tommy Fury pulled out before the fight due to an infection and a broken rib. That arrange a rematch between Paul and Tyron Woodley, a former welterweight champion within the Ultimate Fighting Championship whom Paul had defeated by split decision in August 2021. Paul beat Woodley again, and decisively, with a knockout within the sixth round.
Paul, 25, rose to fame on the now-defunct social video platform Vine, alongside his social-media-personality brother, Logan Paul. Over the previous few years, nevertheless, he has turned his attention to boxing, winning bouts against Nate Robinson, the previous N.B.A. player, Ben Askren and Woodley. The fragmented boxing establishment has looked upon Paul with equal amounts envy and disdain, desirous of the massive audiences and a spotlight he brings to boxing but in addition dismissive of him as a sideshow that isn’t participating in real boxing.
Paul has a 5-0 record as an expert boxer, but his wins have come against fighters without skilled boxing experience. A win over Tommy Fury, who’s 8-0 as an expert, would have helped Paul construct his argument for legitimacy in the game.
The fight against Rahman might show whether or not Paul’s fighting skills are legitimate. Rahman has an expert record of 12-1, and his last fight, in April, was for a vacant heavyweight title. In effect, he’s the primary real fighter Paul can have ever fought and a likelihood for Paul to mix his social-media carnival with a serious sporting feat. On the other hand, it seems almost certainly that any victory by Paul will probably be viewed with a healthy amount of suspicion about his legitimacy.
Although this will probably be the primary time these two meet in a bout, Rahman sparred with Paul ahead of Paul’s first skilled fight.
Kevin Draper contributed reporting.