Jake Paul gets a lot of flak due to his brash personality, but it seems the social media star turned boxer has a charitable side as well.
On Saturday night, Paul was supposed to headline Madison Square Garden for his sixth professional fight, but he twice had complications with opponents and now the card is stalling.
Paul was originally supposed to fight Tommy Fury, the younger brother of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, but the fight was canceled after the Briton was denied entry into the United States.
As a replacement, Paul recruited Hasim Rahman Jr, the son of former heavyweight champion, Hasim Rahman, but the fight fell through after a weight issue.
This left Paul with no opponent and the fight card in tatters, forcing his promotion company, Most Valuable Promotions, to cancel the entire event.
There are twelve other fighters on the map who had trained for a fight, but will no longer have the opportunity to show off their skills or get paid.
That being said, Paul took matters into his own hands, posting a statement on Twitter in line with the most valuable promotions on how he would handle compensation for these undercard fighters.
“The undercard boxers who were scheduled to fight today in the Jake Paul and Amanda Serrano MVP event have spent countless hours training physically and mentally to prepare to fight on one of the biggest stages of their career.
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“These undercard fighters have fulfilled the terms of their contracts and Jake and MVP are extremely disappointed that the cancellation of the event has affected them.
“Amanda Serrano, Ashton Sylve and Brandun Lee are in the process of rescheduling their fights against their respective opponents.
“All other undercard fighters in the event will receive 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 compensation for fighters and look forward to hosting our next event.”
So outside of the three main undercard fights, that means the other eight contestants on the card will get half of their purse.
Paul has long been an advocate for fighter compensation, even repeatedly calling out UFC president Dana White to criticize him for the way he treats fighters in his organization.
White has previously been questioned for only paying Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett, who has become one of MMA’s biggest names, £9,000 for his second UFC fight.
Fans also disputed that UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou was paid just £440,000 for his last fight, while WBC champion Tyson Fury received £26.2m after eliminating Dillian Whyte.
On this occasion, Paul once again did not miss an opportunity to challenge White, as he tweeted along with a clip of a diss track against the UFC President, saying: “Dana, I know you are proud of me.
“It’s always about paying your fighters more and giving them health care. Your company earns $1 billion a year.
“I’m down to 5 fights. But you too, be busy buying friends. Hope you get better soon.”
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