Jake Paul’s Trainer Knows How Dangerous Hasim Rahman Jr. Can Be
Jake Paul (5-0) has surprised a lot of people in his short boxing career so far. One of those surprises came when he chose Hasim Rahman Jr. (12-1) as his opponent instead of Tommy Fury on August 6. The fight is scheduled to take place at Madison Square Garden in New York.
There was a need for a replacement because Fury was denied access into the United States. BJ Flores, Paul’s co-trainer, understands how dangerous Rahman can be in the ring.
“The New York State athletic commission advised against it. They said Rahman was too experienced. Rahman had over 100 amateur fights and 13 professional fights plus he’s used to fighting bigger guys. He grew up around boxing and boxing himself in amateur tournaments,” Flores told BoxingScene.com.
Being the son of former unified heavyweight champion Hasim “Rock” Rahman, he was brought up in an atmosphere connected to boxing. Rahman Sr. won IBF, IBO, and WBC heavyweight titles respectively.
The last time the younger Rahman stepped foot in the ring, he lost to James “Kenzie” Morrison in Las Vegas. Despite the loss, he was fighting well throughout most of the match until he eventually got caught.
“Rahman was beating a 20-0 undefeated heavyweight in Kenzie Morrison 4 rounds to 0 before the stoppage. It was 40-36 on all three scorecards. This is a dangerous fight,” said Flores.