On Friday afternoon Showtime Boxing confirmed more about their upcoming Jake Paul-Hasim Rahman Jr. undercard for August 6th at Madison Square Garden and will include unbeaten, rising junior welterweight Brandun Lee.
The 23 year old Lee has been featured on the ShoBox series previously and is 25-0, 23 KOS having won 15 of his last 16 fights by knockout. Lee most recently dominated tough veteran Zachary Ochoa in April on the undercard of Errol Spence’s victory over Yordenis Ugas for the unified welterweight titles in Arlington, TX.
And, Lee has quickly established himself as a talented 140 lb. contender in the division. His opponent is still yet to be confirmed for August 6th.
The Network and Premier Boxing Champions did confirm that multi-division ladies world champ Amanda Serrano will return to the scene of her tremendous 10 round battle with Katie Taylor in April. Serrano will defend her featherweight crowns against Brenda Carabajal.
The Puerto Rican born Serrano, 42-2-1, 30 KOs makes New York City her second home and will obviously have a huge fan base be back in attendance for this next bout.
Meanwhile, Rahman, who is replacing England’s Tommy Fury, weighed in on being newest opponent for Paul. And, he made mention of having previously been with him at the beginnings of his boxing career. He said in the Showtime statement Friday,
“Jake Paul and I sparred two years ago and let’s just say I took it easy on the kid. August 6 is not a sparring session. I am going to separate him from God’s conscience. My name is Hasim Rahman Jr., and I am going to knock out Jake Paul. Period”
Hear Dan Rafael and me discussing the Paul-Rahman bout more on the latest “Big Fight Weekend Preview” podcast,
The 31 year old Rahman Jr. is 12-1 as a pro against largely poor competition. And, the loss came in April in Las Vegas, when he was stopped in the 5th round by McKenzie Morrison, the son of the late former heavyweight champ Tommy Morrison.
Still, he’s the first credible fighter that Paul will have fought.
Paul is 5-0 having the last two wins were over former UFC Welterweight champ Tyron Woodley. The second of which was a thunderous, one punch KO in that Tampa, FL PPV when he replaced Fury the first time. Paul also owns one punch kayoes of former MMA fighter Ben Askren and former NBA player Nate Robinson.
Rahman Jr. is mostly famous because his father was briefly unified heavyweight champion with his own one punch KO of Lennox Lewis in South Africa in April 2001. Lewis regained the title with an equal one punch elimination of Rahman in the rematch seven months later.