Nate Robinson confirmed he didn’t belong within the ring in his boxing debut.
In his first skilled struggle, the previous Knick was destroyed by YouTube sensation Jake Paul in Saturday night time’s undercard earlier than the Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. bout at Staples Middle in Los Angeles. The Tyson-Jones Jr. fight was ruled an unofficial draw.
The 36-year-old Robinson was knocked utterly out within the eight-round cruiserweight exhibition struggle by an overhand proper lower than two minutes into the second spherical, however it wasn’t the primary time the three-time NBA dunk contest champion hit the mat within the temporary bout. Robinson ultimately bought up.
Robinson — who performed with the Knicks for 4 seasons — additionally was knocked down within the first spherical when he got here speeding at Paul (2-0), who hit him simply above the ear. Within the second spherical, Robinson rushed at Paul once more, solely to get hit within the brow and knocked down. Surprisingly, the previous 10-year NBA participant bought up once more earlier than Paul instantly completed him off for good.
According to ESPN, the 23-year-old Paul landed three of his eight punches, however all of these led to knockdowns.
One boxing legend who was analyzing the struggle was not impressed with Robinson’s foray into a brand new sport.
“You don’t play boxing,” analyst Sugar Ray Leonard stated.
Paul, who stated after the struggle he’s concentrating on his musical profession for now, nonetheless is planning to field once more — and he even known as out UFC star Conor McGregor.
“Being one of the crucial hated folks on this planet, I’ve to struggle by that,” Paul stated after the struggle. “It’s not simple. So for me, that is my excellent sport. I discovered my lane.”
After the bout, many on Twitter panned the struggle: