NBA Veteran Nick Young Crashes Through Ropes In Boxing Debut
Nick Young’s boxing debut didn’t go as planned.
Young was sent through the ropes in his exhibition match against internet star Malcolm Minikon on the Austin McBroom vs Aneson Gib undercard on Saturday. The fight was stopped afterwards, even though Young claimed he was hit with an illegal headbutt.
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“I felt good, I hit him a lot, I felt I came and did what I had to do,” Young said after the fight via Mirror.
“He hit me with a cheap shot and that’s what you’ve got to do when you’re losing. I don’t want him getting a headbutt at the end and thinking he won off a headbutt, I don’t know how you can think he won.”
In the second round, Young landed a punch that sent his opponent’s mouthpiece flying.
Both fighters began to slow down in the third round, but Minikon got the edge after pressing Young to the ropes and sending him through it.
Minikon replaced rapper Blueface with a two-day notice. Blueface was denied a license to box in California.
Young wasn’t the only former athlete on the card. Former NFL running backs Le’Veon Bell and Adrian Peterson also went head-to-head; Bell knocked out Peterson.
Young is most known for his time with the Los Angeles Lakers during his 11-year career in the NBA.