Jake Paul Scraps Fight With Tommy Fury, But Will He Face Hasim Rahman Jr. To Keep The Fight Alive?

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Jake Paul is tired of Tommy Fury, as “The Problem Child” has scrapped his planned Aug. 6 fight against “TNT.” The younger brother of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury could not secure a visa into the United States for planned publicity activities. Now Paul is moving on to keep the fight alive.

The new opponent has been announced: Hasim Rahman, Jr.

“Fury’s received a termination notice,” Paul said on Wednesday. “(Most Valuable Promotions) did everything it could 2 help him & team. He wasn’t interested & he literally went into hiding.”

“2nd time in a row he has pulled out. 2nd time in a row “m going to step up & take on a new opponent on short notice.”

Fury claims that he was blindsided by U.S. Homeland Security’s decision not to allow him into the States and proposed moving the fight to another jurisdiction that will let him into its country.

“This is something that myself or my team could have never anticipated happening. This situation has been left with my lawyers as being denied entry to a country is obviously a very serious issue and it needs to subsequently be resolved.

“I want to clarify that I will fight in a neutral country that both parties can enter. This can be any time, any place, any where.”

It is widely believed that the Fury family’s relationship with wanted man Daniel Kinahan is why Tommy Fury was denied a U.S. travel visa. In late June, the older Fury brother reportedly had been stopped while trying to board his flight from the U.K. to the U.S. by immigration officials. Tyson Fury has been visible with Kinahan throughout his career.

Daniel Kinahan was the reported former owner of MTK Global, a combat sports organization with its hands on the reins of some of the most prominent careers in professional fighting. The U.S. government had issued a $5 million reward for his capture and sanctions on any U.S. company doing business with him.

According to the U.S. State Department, Kinahan is the head of The Kinahan Transnational Criminal Organization (KTCO), which was established in Dublin, Ireland, by Christopher Vincent Kinahan in the 1990s.

Christopher Vincent over time incorporated his two sons, Daniel Joseph and Christopher Jr., into his reputed criminal organization.

The U.S. State Department alleges that after becoming Ireland’s most powerful organized crime group, the KTCO began to distribute South American cocaine and heroin in Ireland and later to the United Kingdom and mainland Europe.

As long as Kinahan is on the run it is unlikely that the U.S. will reverse its stance on the Furys.

Now Paul will face Hasim Rahman, Jr., aka “Gold Blooded,” son of former two-time world heavyweight champion of the world, Hasim Rahman, Sr. The younger Rahman is a heavyweight with considerably more experience that Paul with a 12-1 record. Rahman experienced his first loss in April to James McKenzie Morrison via fifth round TKO.

Paul (5-0) was looking to face a true boxer for the first time in his short combat career after defeating a Youtuber, former basketball player Nate Robinson, and two former mixed martial arts champions in Ben “Funky” Askren and Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley twice.

The event will be Paul’s first time fighting in the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden, and his second time promoting inside the building. Paul’s Most Valuable Promotions co-promoted the now legendary Amanda Serrano versus Katie Taylor fight.

With the fight date rapidly approaching, Paul now has his back against the ropes against a bigger and drastically more experienced opponent while trying to continue to make history.

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.