Another form of boxing entertainment? Celebrity and retired heads go at each other.
Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr got back into the ring at the ripe old ages of 54 and 51.
Tyson who’s a former world heavyweight champion, came out of retirement to take on Jones Jr in a high-profile exhibition match.
Some could have called it a money grab like the Mayweather vs McGregor fight. But Tyson’s poetic pre-fight musings about feeding his inner beast made his intentions clear.
While Jones Jr’s blatant admiration and respect for Tyson showed that this was a man ticking off his bucket list.
It was a big shock to the public as Tyson and Jones Jr were initially announced to fight. Both in their 50’s, there were serious health concerns as to what this match could do to them both.
With training videos coming out on both sides, people were expectant but the results of the actual fight left fans a bit disappointed.
The match ended in a draw with some saying Tyson should have flat out won. Tyson himself was happy with a draw, he did say he would be happy to fight Jones Jr again which created memes of fans claiming Jones didn’t want another fight.
The most entertaining aspect of the night was from the rapper Snoop Dogg who was commentating on the fight and claimed it was like watching ‘two of your uncle’s fight at a barbecue’. A real spectacle.
The other highlight fight of the night was the undercard between infamous YouTuber Jake Paul and former NBA 11x All-star Nate Robinson.
That fight ended in a convincing win for Jake Paul who viciously KO’d Nate Robinson shocking (disappointing) the world and social media. Paul gave Robinson a right hook that knocked him unconscious in the second round. It even caused Snoop Dogg to sing spiritual hymns.
Robinson was already knocked down prior in the first round, from there it looked like an uphill battle. Before the fight, Jake Paul had jested that Robinson’s kids shouldn’t watch the fight because of what he was going to do to him. He followed through with his statement.
Robinson needed lengthy treatment after going down.
Having made his professional boxing debut in this match, Nate had no experience boxing and was banking on his physique and athletic acumen to carry him through.
However, facing against an energised, arrogant and opportunistic opponent 13 years younger than him proved to be his downfall.
In a tweet Robinson claimed he was doing this for his NBA family and that he was going to shock the world, he certainly didn’t lie as this manner of loss was shocking.
Jake Paul is now looking to fight British Youtuber KSI who defeated his older brother Logan Paul last year.
These fights are most likely going to bring other celebrities into the fold to make the sport of boxing more entertaining to the general public.