Dad of Paul’s rival is ex-champion who KO’d Lennox Lewis and survived being shot

Hasim Rahman Jr was planning to end the unbeaten record of influencer Jake Paul in Madison Square Garden on Saturday – but he'd have struggled to rock the world in the way his dad once famously did.

The fight between Rahman Jr and Paul will now not take place after the YouTuber cancelled the bout, owing to a dispute over the weight limit.

Back in April 2001, Rahman Sr was considered the overwhelming underdog when he challenged British icon Lennox Lewis for his WBC, IBF, and IBO heavyweight titles. Despite the challenger going in with a record of 34-2, his previous lack of big name opponents prompted pundits and fans alike to render the clash in Carnival City, South Africa, a simple formality.

Instead, came a night that left the boxing fraternity every bit as stunned as Lewis was. After four rounds of the pair trading hard blows, in the final moments of the fifth the 20-1 outshot unleashed a roundhouse right hand which left the champion reeling on the canvas.

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Lewis was unable to beat the 10-count that followed, and the final bell sparked bedlam in the ring as Rahman was mobbed by his jubilant team. It was only the second, and as it turned out final, defeat of 'The Lion's' stellar professional career.

Indeed, Lewis immediately invoked a rematch clause, and the pair would meet again in Las Vegas that November. For Rahman, lightning didn't strike twice, this time himself KO'd in the fourth round, but the £8.3 million payout he received dismissed any previous assumptions 'The Rock' was little more than a journeyman.

But after being labelled 'Has-been' Rahman by his new rival, the Baltimore-born fighter would never again hit the heights of his notorious first fight with Lewis. A messy defeat against an ageing Evander Holyfield followed, and despite later claiming the vacant WBC heavyweight title, in 2008 a challenge to take Wladimir Klitschko's world belts ended in him being stopped by the Ukrainian.

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Rahman would eventually retire after defeat to Anthony Nansen in 2014, when aged 41. He finished with a 50-9-2 fight record, although it wasn't just his pro-career that moulded his hard-man image.

As a teenager, Rahman was an enforcer for drug dealers, and by his own admission regularly danced with death. He nearly lost his life in a car accident which left him with permanent scarring, and once survived a shooting where five bullets were said to have entered his body

His own son's upbringing hasn't been quite as colourful, but he has thus far followed his father's path in the ring, racking up a 12-0 win record ahead of the now cancelled bout with Paul. Rahman Jr had initially stepped in to replace Tommy Fury, who was prevented from travelling to the US over his family's links with Daniel Kinahan.

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