After news broke that “The Baddest Man on the Planet” Mike Tyson would be making a return to the boxing ring for the first time in 15 years to take on “Captain Hook” Roy Jones Jr. on September 12, an undercard bout was announced as well. Former NBA guard Nate Robinson says that he is taking on YouTube star Jake Paul on the undercard of Tyson/Jones.
Former NBA guard Nate Robinson and YouTube star Jake Paul make it official: They tell me they will be fighting Sept. 12 as an undercard to Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. in California. pic.twitter.com/ClEP64JZFp
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 23, 2020
Online sportsbook BetOnline has released odds for this celebrity boxing match and has listed Paul as the -155 favorite with Robinson as the +125 underdog.
Odds as of July 24 at BetOnline
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How Did Robinson vs Paul Come To Be?
This fight didn’t just arise out of thin air on a whim but rather has been building since late May. The former NBA guard who won three slam dunk competitions called out Paul saying that the YouTuber bullied his former boxing opponents knowing full well that he would beat them. Robinson then referred to himself as a top-tier athlete and that he would get training from the best of the best to ensure victory in a potential bout.
Like him or hate him, Jake, along with his brother Logan, have done great business in the sport of boxing recently with the two of them putting on large events on DAZN, of course, it was Logan that was the headliner against KSI. With two boxing matches under his belt, one amateur and one pro, both ending in knockouts, it’s no surprise that Paul has accepted Robinson’s offer, especially with the opportunity of being on the same card as boxing legends Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr.
How Will This Fight Play Out?
I feel like we can draw some similarities on a betting preview for this fight to the one we had done for the proposed bout between Antonio Brown and Logan Paul. On one hand, you have a true athlete who performed at the highest level of his sport, NBA for Robinson, going up against a guy who has spent some time hitting mitts, sparring and actually having fights.
From dribbles and dunks to jabs and hooks 🏀🥊
— ESPN Ringside (@ESPNRingside) July 23, 2020
Unlike the Brown/Paul hype, where we saw a video of Antonio hitting mitts which wasn’t pretty, Robinson didn’t look too bad in his video, keeping his guard high and using his hips well to move. He would have a height disadvantage and perhaps a reach disadvantage as well to Jake Paul, which could pose an issue as the YouTube sensation relied a lot upon his size and great jab to set up heavier punches and maintain distance in his previous fights.
If Robinson is to win this fight, he’ll have to find a way into the pocket, he may have the speed and agility advantage which, if used correctly, can create angles and land on Paul. However, as I mentioned above, Paul sticks to his jab very well which can keep Robinson at bay and batter him up.