By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com
The weirder this story gets, the better it gets.
Thursday afternoon, news broke that 54-year-old Mike Tyson will return to boxing for an exhibition match against Roy Jones Jr. Details are now emerging about the undercard for the event, and they include a former member of the Celtics.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, three-time NBA slam dunk champion Nate Robinson will square off against YouTube star Jake Paul as part of the event.
Both fighters issued statements through Charania, with Robinson saying, “Jake Paul, I want all the smoke.” Paul, on the other hand, claims, “on September 12, Nate will meet the canvas early.”
During Robinson’s 11-year NBA career he was known as one of the best dunkers in the league. At five-foot-nine, he was the first player to win the Slam Dunk Contest three times.
A first round pick by the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2005, he was traded to the Celtics at the 2010 trade deadline. He was a key part of their run to that year’s NBA Finals, which Boston lost in seven games. Robinson then bounced around the league, last playing for the Pelicans in 2015.
Robinson has no formal boxing experience.
Paul rose to internet fame alongside his brother Logan through YouTube and Vine videos. In recent years, the two have gotten into boxing, mostly fighting other YouTubers. Paul does have one professional fight to his name, a TKO win against fellow online personality ‘AnEsonGib’ back in January.
From a strategy standpoint, this fight boats a number of obvious questions, with Robinson 13 years older and four inches shorter (as listed) than Paul.
The one thing that’s not a question though? Sept. 12 is shaping up to be a wild night.