The undercard match-up ahead of the Mike Tyson, Roy Jones, Jr. fight featured YouTube star Jake Paul and former NBA guard Nate Robinson.
If you’re confused how a 36-year-old Robinson and a 23-year-old Paul ended up in a boxing ring together, here’s some context, courtesy of SportingNews:
The drama between Jake Paul and Nate Robinson started back in May 2020. A few months after Paul's first professional boxing win over AnEsonGib, Robinson spoke with TMZ Sports about wanting to fight Paul. The callout mostly seemed random, but Robinson was passionate.
"I want all the smoke," Robinson said to TMZ Sports. "I'm a top-tier athlete. You beating me would probably be the biggest accomplishment for your boxing career, or social media influencer - whatever. That's your biggest claim to fame right now is knocking out Nate Robinson, so come do it. I'm putting my everything on the line for you. Let's get it done. It's that simple."
Robinson's interview with TMZ Sports was in May 2020, and by July, the two sides agreed on a deal.
Jake Paul entered a -250 favorite over Nate Robinson, who was listed at +195.
Well, never bet against the oddsmakers.
Paul only landed 8 punches the entire fight, but 4 resulted in knockdowns.
The fight led to some pretty entertaining social media responses from current and former members of the Trail Blazers.
And former Blazers forward Evan Turner took the Nate Robinson approach and appears to be willing to be Paul’s next challenger.
Snoop Dogg, who was announcing the fight, warned against other athletes looking to get in the boxing ring.
"You don't play boxing."
Will Turner be the next challenger? Time will tell. But, be careful what you wish for, ET.