Hasim Rahman Jr. may never get to box Jake Paul, but it looks like the spotlight he’s drawn from feuding with the YouTuber-turned boxer has landed him a tougher opponent.
Rahman Jr. is now set to face former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion, Vitor Belfort, on Oct. 15, 2022, in Sheffield, England. That bout will be one-half of a double main event for the next DAZN X Series 002, co-promoted by YouTuber KSI’s Misfits Boxing. In the second main, it’s a battle of the YouTube pranksters as Jay Swingler takes on Chad Lebaron (a.k.a. Cherdleys).
DAZN X Series 001 just went down on Saturday, featuring KSI boxing two opponents in one night. Don’t expect KSI to box at DAZN X Series 002. According to him, he’ll be returning in January against an opponent to be announced.
Belfort is coming off a controversial technical knockout win over 58-year-old Evander Holyfield for Triller in Sept. 2021 (watch highlights). That matchmaking was considered so suspect that California Athletic Commission (CSAC) refused to sanction it. Rather than cede to the commission’s decision, Triller moved the card to Florida and switched it to an “exhibition.” Holyfield lasted less than two minutes against Belfort.
Rahman Jr., meanwhile, has a respectable record of 12-1 as a professional, and is also the son of two-time world Heavyweight champion, Hasim Rahman. Rahman Jr.’s lone defeat came at the hands of James McKenzie Morrison, the son of former WBO Heavyweight kingpin, Tommy Morrison.
Rahman Jr. rose to prominence after being selected as a late replacement to box Jake Paul at Madison Square Garden on Aug. 6, 2022. The whole card ended up being canceled, though, after Paul accused Rahman Jr. of being unwilling to make the agreed upon weight for their fight. Rahman Jr. would go on to weigh in on Aug. 5, 2022, coming in one pound more than the contracted limit.
No weight has been announced for the Vitor Belfort vs. Hasim Rahman Jr. bout, but we doubt Belfort will care. “The Phenom” has been looking pretty big these days since leaving UFC in 2018. He weighed in at 206 pounds for his fight against Holyfield.