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Nate Robinson to fight YouTuber in boxing match

Delfin Dioquino
Nate Robinson to fight YouTuber in boxing match

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The bout will serve as an undercard to the exhibition match between boxing legends Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr

Former NBA player Nate Robinson will shift into boxing as he is set to fight YouTube star Jake Paul.

The bout will serve as an undercard to the exhibition match between boxing legends 54-year-old Mike Tyson and 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr on September 12 in Carson, California.

“I want 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,” Robinson told The Athletic.

“Jake Paul, I want all the smoke.”

Despite standing at just 5-foot-9, Robinson was considered one of the most athletic players during his stint in the NBA.

Robinson ruled the Slam Dunk Contest thrice and averaged 11.0 points, 3.0 assists, and 2.3 rebounds playing for 8 NBA teams.

Paul, meanwhile, already has boxing experience after beating fellow YouTube content creator Ali Loui Al-Fakhri – famously known as AnEsonGib – through a first-round technical knockout earlier this year.

“I am excited to partner with Triller and get in the ring to fight an elite athlete,” said Paul, who has over 20 million subscribers on YouTube.

“But make no mistake, on September 12th, Nate will meet the canvas early.” – Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.