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Jake Paul paying undercard boxers 50 per cent of their purses out of his own pocket after cancelled event, as he calls out Dana White over fighter pay

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Jake Paul receives a lot of criticism due to his brash personality, but it seems the social media star turned boxer also has a charitable side.

On Saturday night, Paul was supposed to be headlining Madison Square Garden for his sixth professional fight, but twice he had complications with opponents and now the card is no longer going ahead.

Paul was supposed to go up against Rahman Jr (12-1) but now he doesn’t have an opponent

Initially, Paul was supposed to fight Tommy Fury, the younger brother of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, but the fight was cancelled after the Brit was denied entry into the USA.

As his replacement, Paul drafted in Hasim Rahman Jr, the son of former heavyweight champion, Hasim Rahman, but the fight fell through after an issue with weight.

This left Paul without an opponent and the fight card in tatters, forcing his promotional company, Most Valuable Promotions, to cancel the entire event.

There are twelve other fighters on the card who had been training for a fight, but now will not get the opportunity to show off their skills or get paid.

With that being said, Paul has taken matters into his own hands, as he released a statement on Twitter in line with Most Valuable Promotions as to how he would deal with compensation for these undercard fighters.

“The undercard boxers who were set to fight today as part of the Jake Paul and Amanda Serrano MVP event spent countless hours training both physically and mentally to prepare to fight on one of the biggest stages of their careers.


Paul’s friend and training partner, Amanda Serrano, was supposed to be fighting in the co-main event, but now she is looking to reschedule her bout

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Paul’s friend and training partner, Amanda Serrano, was supposed to be fighting in the co-main event, but now she is looking to reschedule her bout

“These undercard fighters abided by the terms of their contracts and Jake and MVP are extremely disappointed that the event cancellation adversely impacted them.

‘Amanda Serrano, Ashton Sylve and Brandun Lee are in the process of rescheduling their bouts against their respective opponents.

“All other undercard fighters of the event will be receiving a payment directly from Jake Paul of 50% of their contracted purse amount and are free of any contractual obligations to the promotion.

“We remain committed to ensuring fair fighter compensation and look forward to putting together our next event.”

Paul has not fought since knocking out Tyron Woodley last December and now he will have to wait a little longer

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Paul has not fought since knocking out Tyron Woodley last December and now he will have to wait a little longer

So, outside of the three main undercard fights, this means that the eight other competitors on the card will be receiving half their purse.

Paul has long been an advocate for fighter pay, even calling out UFC president Dana White on many occasions to criticise him for how he deals with fighters in his organisation.

White has previously been questioned for only paying Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett, who has become one of the biggest names in MMA, £9,000 for his second fight in the UFC.

Fans have also taken issue with the fact that UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou, was only paid £440,000 for his most recent fight, whereas WBC champion Tyson Fury received £26.2 million after knocking out Dillian Whyte.

‘The Problem Child’ and White have been publically feuding for a long time now

‘The Problem Child’ and White have been publically feuding for a long time now

On this occasion, Paul once again did not miss an opportunity to call out White, as he tweeted accompanied by a clip from a diss track against the UFC president, saying, “Dana I know you proud of me.

“It’s still pay your fighters more and give them healthcare. Your company makes $1bn a year.

“I’m 5 fights in. But you too be busy buying friends. I hope you feel better soon.”

Usyk vs Joshua 2 on talkSPORT




Jake Paul receives a lot of criticism due to his brash personality, but it seems the social media star turned boxer also has a charitable side.

On Saturday night, Paul was supposed to be headlining Madison Square Garden for his sixth professional fight, but twice he had complications with opponents and now the card is no longer going ahead.

Paul was supposed to go up against Rahman Jr (12-1) but now he doesn’t have an opponent

Paul was supposed to go up against Rahman Jr (12-1) but now he doesn’t have an opponent

Initially, Paul was supposed to fight Tommy Fury, the younger brother of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, but the fight was cancelled after the Brit was denied entry into the USA.

As his replacement, Paul drafted in Hasim Rahman Jr, the son of former heavyweight champion, Hasim Rahman, but the fight fell through after an issue with weight.

This left Paul without an opponent and the fight card in tatters, forcing his promotional company, Most Valuable Promotions, to cancel the entire event.

There are twelve other fighters on the card who had been training for a fight, but now will not get the opportunity to show off their skills or get paid.

With that being said, Paul has taken matters into his own hands, as he released a statement on Twitter in line with Most Valuable Promotions as to how he would deal with compensation for these undercard fighters.

“The undercard boxers who were set to fight today as part of the Jake Paul and Amanda Serrano MVP event spent countless hours training both physically and mentally to prepare to fight on one of the biggest stages of their careers.


Paul’s friend and training partner, Amanda Serrano, was supposed to be fighting in the co-main event, but now she is looking to reschedule her bout

Getty Images – Getty

Paul’s friend and training partner, Amanda Serrano, was supposed to be fighting in the co-main event, but now she is looking to reschedule her bout

“These undercard fighters abided by the terms of their contracts and Jake and MVP are extremely disappointed that the event cancellation adversely impacted them.

‘Amanda Serrano, Ashton Sylve and Brandun Lee are in the process of rescheduling their bouts against their respective opponents.

“All other undercard fighters of the event will be receiving a payment directly from Jake Paul of 50% of their contracted purse amount and are free of any contractual obligations to the promotion.

“We remain committed to ensuring fair fighter compensation and look forward to putting together our next event.”

Paul has not fought since knocking out Tyron Woodley last December and now he will have to wait a little longer

Getty

Paul has not fought since knocking out Tyron Woodley last December and now he will have to wait a little longer

So, outside of the three main undercard fights, this means that the eight other competitors on the card will be receiving half their purse.

Paul has long been an advocate for fighter pay, even calling out UFC president Dana White on many occasions to criticise him for how he deals with fighters in his organisation.

White has previously been questioned for only paying Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett, who has become one of the biggest names in MMA, £9,000 for his second fight in the UFC.

Fans have also taken issue with the fact that UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou, was only paid £440,000 for his most recent fight, whereas WBC champion Tyson Fury received £26.2 million after knocking out Dillian Whyte.

‘The Problem Child’ and White have been publically feuding for a long time now

‘The Problem Child’ and White have been publically feuding for a long time now

On this occasion, Paul once again did not miss an opportunity to call out White, as he tweeted accompanied by a clip from a diss track against the UFC president, saying, “Dana I know you proud of me.

“It’s still pay your fighters more and give them healthcare. Your company makes $1bn a year.

“I’m 5 fights in. But you too be busy buying friends. I hope you feel better soon.”

Usyk vs Joshua 2 on talkSPORT

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