YouTube Star Jake Paul Set For Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. September Card
When Mike Tyson v. Roy Jones Jr. was announced, it was known that the fight atmosphere, as well as the card, was going to be interesting. With a potential for MMA fighters to face boxers, how could it not be? Not only will there be those types of bouts, but a true crossover fight may cause headlines.
Chris Mannix was the first to report a potential fight between YouTuber Jake Paul and former NBA star Nate Robinson. It was later confirmed by Shams Charania, as both individuals sent him statements.
“I wanted to show that I’m a world class athlete, 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 stated.
“I am excited to partner with Triller and get in the ring to fight an elite athlete,” Paul said. “But make no mistake, on September 12th, Nate will meet the canvas early.”
Former NBA guard Nate Robinson and YouTube star Jake Paul make it official: They tell me they will be fighting Sept. 12 as an undercard to Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. in California. pic.twitter.com/ClEP64JZFp
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 23, 2020
Jake, 23, beat AnEsonGib in January inside The Meridian At Island Gardens in Miami. It was considered a sloppy but easy win, as he was able to finish him off in the first round via TKO. Initial reports had KSI challenging Paul after facing his brother Jake twice.
Robinson, 36, started his NBA career in 2005 for the New York Knicks. A three-time Slam Dunk Champion, Robinson would end up playing for the Celtics, Thunder, Warriors, Bulls, Nuggets, Clippers, and Pelicans. He has since played all over outside of the NBA , his last season in 2018. Robinson has never fought in a ring before.
The feud between the two really started when Robinson called out Paul via TMZ, stating to face some real competition. The 5’9 star is hoping to train with top fighters to take down the 6’1 Paul.
Triller and the Legends Only League will be taking advantage of YouTube stars and their drawing power. Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn previously stated that YouTube fights will help bring in a new audience for boxing.
The fight card will take place on September 12 from inside the Dignity Health Sports Arena.