Michael Jordan-Inspired Boxer Pays Homage To NBA Legend After Painful Body Shot Knockout

Published 04/27/2022, 11:33 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 26: Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan watches as Roger Federer of Switzerland plays against Marinko Matosevic of Australia at their men’s singles first round tennis match on second day of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Bilgin Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Lightweight contender, Keyshawn Davis, is set to face Esteban Sanchez, fighting the undercard for the Oscar Valdez vs Shakur Stevenson. Moreover, Davis is also one of the few athletes who have mimicked the iconic shrug of the NBA legend, Michael Jordan.

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Keyshawn Davis was fighting against Jose Zaragoza on the Vasyl Lomachenko vs Richard Commey undercard, on December 11, 2021. He showcased a stellar performance against Zaragoza. In fact, Davis downed Zaragoza with a perfectly placed left hook to rib in round two.

In celebration, Davis paid homage to Michael Jordan, by using his classic shrug as a sign of victory.

The Michael Jordan shrug game

The Chicago Bulls star, Michael Jordan, used his iconic shrug in the 1992 NBA Finals, against Portland Trail Blazers. And, in doing so, Jordan created one of the most memorable moments in NBA history.

Jordan had connected on six three-pointers in the first half, after which he made the paradigmatic move. However, the 10-part documentary series ‘The Last Dance‘, gave a rather intriguing back story on why Jordan made the move.

In the days leading to the 1992 NBA finals, Jordan and the Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Clyde Drexler were considered the best players in their position. In fact, Drexler was actually considered one of Jordan’s biggest rivals for the ‘Best Player’ title.

This, however, did not sit well with the gladiatorial Jordan. And Jordan made it an arbitrary mission of sorts to defeat Drexler.

DATE: 10/20/01 PHOTO BY : JOEL RICHARDSON DIG MICHAEL JORDAN AND THE WIZARDS HOST NEW JERSEY NETS (Photo by The The Washington Post via Getty Images) | Courtesy: Getty Images

American writer David Halberstam described Jordan’s agenda to beat Drexler, in his New York Times bestseller, ‘Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the world he made‘. Halberstam said, “It was as if Jordan had a terrible personal vendetta against Drexler. If it was not personal, it most certainly looked that way. Jordan barely let Drexler touch the ball on offense.”

Many other NBA players also mimicked Jordan’s shrug.

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Former Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose made the iconic move after scoring a three-pointer against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Similarly, LA Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant also mimicked Jordan’s shrug, after scoring a point against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Joshua Ben Joseph

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Joshua Ben Joseph is a Boxing writer for EssentiallySports. He started his career as an editorial cartoonist and holds a BFA degree with a specialization in Animated Filmmaking and Screenwriting from AISFM, Hyderabad. An avid lover of boxing history, Joshua believes his writing extends his lifelong adoration for combat sports.

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