EDDIE HEARN reckons Jake Paul pulled the plug on his showdown with Hasim Rahman Jr due to poor ticket sales.
The YouTuber turned boxer nixed the Madison Square Garden clash last weekend due to an alleged 11th-hour request from Rahman Jr for the fight to be contested at 215lbs.
But Matchroom Boxing chief Eddie Hearn believes The Problem Child’s inability to sell out the historic MSG was the real reason the fight was axed.
During an Instagram Live Q&A, Hearn said: “He wouldn’t have known about pay-per-view sales but tickets weren’t going great.”
Hearn’s analysis of the cancellation of Paul vs Rahman echoes that of UFC president Dana White.
The MMA mogul said last weekend: “I think they sold under $1million in tickets and it costs $500,000 to turn the f***ing lights on at MSG.
“That’s what I think. Not to mention hotel rooms in New York and transportation is very expensive.”
The cancellation of the bout was allegedly down to Rahman Jr only losing a solitary pound since agreeing to take the fight at 200lbs.
The New York State Athletic Commission then refused to sanction the fight at any weight under 205lbs, a stipulation Paul allegedly agreed to.
Rahman Jr is said to have then revealed he would weigh in at 215lbs and would “pull out” of the bout if he was required to be any lighter.
An enraged and disappointed Paul fumed on social media: “Hasim Rahman Jr has pulled out of the fight.
This is not a joke, I am devastated, I cannot f***ing believe this; we just found out this news,” he said.
“This is another case of a professional boxer, just like Tommy Fury, being scared to fight me.”
He added: “It is as clear as day that these guys have been so unprofessional to work with, looking for any excuse to suck more money out of this event.
“To coerce us into doing things and I knew from the jump that this guy didn’t want to get in the ring with me.”
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