In a fight that just screams ‘2020’, former NBA player Nate Robinson, and YouTube star Jake Paul will get in the ring on the undercard of Mike Tyson’s comeback fight in Los Angeles.
After it was revealed that Tyson, the former heavyweight champion of the world, was returning against Roy Jones Jr. on September 13 (AEST), The Athletic’s Shams Charania broke the news of Robinson’s foray into boxing.
“I wanted to show that I’m a world class athlete,” Robinson told Charania. “I played college football, played in the NBA for 11 years, and I’m excited for this venture into the sport of boxing.
“Jake Paul, I want all the smoke.”
Robinson, 36, was the 21st pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, and at 5-foot-9, displayed incredible athleticism throughout his career; winning the Slam Dunk contest three times.
But boxing is a different beast, and Paul actually has some experience in the ring.
Paul has fought twice — against other YouTubers — in the last couple years; winning both fights in convincing fashion.
He labelled Robinson an “elite athlete”, but told Charania: “Make no mistake, on September 12, Nate will meet the canvas early.”
According to Heavy.com’s Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson, the fight is scheduled for eight three-minute rounds at 185-pounds.