YouTube star Jake Paul has taken out his second win as a professional boxer after mauling ex-NBA player Nate Robinson in California.
The last bout on the Mike Tyson v Roy Jones Jr undercard, Paul knocked out Robinson in the second round with a brutal right to the head.
The 36-year-old Robinson gave up 10 centimetres to his much younger opponent and struggled from the opening bell.
He landed 10 punches but Paul’s power hits resulted in two knockdowns before the final shot ended the fight.
“He was better than I expected, athletic, super strong,” Paul said.
“I just want to say thank you to Nate, he was the one who originally called me out.
“I respect him and I don’t want to take anything away from his basketball career, it takes a lot of balls to step into the ring.”
The bout was Robinson’s professional boxing debut, coming five years after he last played in the NBA.
Paul turned professional in January this year after first turning to boxing when his brother Logan took on fellow YouTuber KSI in 2018.
Paul, who said he went into the fight with Robinson managing a broken nose, is already eyeing off his next bout.
The 23-year-old wants to step into the ring with former UFC champion Conor McGregor or his teammate Dillon Danis next year.
Tyson v Jones: joke bout or the real deal?
It’s a fight that has dismayed many but cannot help but intrigue as 50-somethings Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr return to the ring for an exhibition bout in LA.
Although derided by many as being just a circus act featuring two washed up 50-somethings, Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr will simply get into the ring in Los Angeles and attempt to wind the clock back to their glory days.
The controversial exhibition bout between two great former champions has been met with plenty of understandable criticism, but record pre-fight pay-per-view sales have been reported as the contest cannot help but intrigue even the sceptics.
Former world heavyweight champion Tyson, 54, who has not boxed professionally for 15 years, has shed an impressive six stones for a scheduled eight-round contest on Thanksgiving Day at the Staples Center.
Jones Jr’s comeback has raised fewer eyebrows. He was still boxing in 2018 and won his last four fights, although his stoppage of Jeff Lacy in 2008 was his last notable success.
The 51-year-old is a former world champion at four different weights – middleweight, super-middleweight, light-heavyweight and heavyweight.
Jones Jr is considered one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in history and is the only man to start his professional career at light-middleweight and go on to win a heavyweight title.
Tyson’s legacy as “the baddest man on the planet” has been somewhat diminished down the years, but his place in the pantheon is assured after becoming the youngest boxer to win a world heavyweight title with his destruction of Trevor Berbick in 1986, aged just 20.
Saturday’s meeting between the two has, of course, divided opinion. Those fight fans who will applaud Tyson and Jones Jr into the ring will claim the contest is still full of interest.
But the bout is an exhibition. It will not be scored and no knock downs will be permitted, leading to claims from many observers, including fight promoter Frank Warren, that it is a meaningless sparring session between two past-it warriors.
Rappers Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa plus singer Ne-Yo are among those scheduled to perform between bouts.
Snoop Dogg also performed after joining the commentary team for the Paul-Robinson fight.
– with AAP