BREAKING: Grammy Award Winner DJ Diplo to Make His Professional Boxing Debut on June 5

Published 04/16/2021, 10:36 PM EDT


World-famous DJ and producer Diplo- real name Thomas Wesley Pentz, is primed to make his professional boxing debut. Per a report by Rolling Stones, Diplo will compete under the Triller Fight Club banner on a card in Miami on June 5. Triller has become synonymous with putting on showcase fights, and Diplo is arguably one of the biggest entrants into this category.

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It’s unclear who Diplo will compete against, however, there’s a good chance that he announces it on April 17. Chiefly, the promotion is putting together Ben Askren vs Jake Paul, and many eyeballs are expected at this event. Diplo will be performing at the aforementioned event alongside names such as Justin Bieber, The Black Keys, and Snoop Dogg.

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Triller Fight Club: Elevating the game

Diplo’s inclusion in the ranks of Triller Fight Club will do wonders for the organization from now on. Despite not having any combat sports experience, Diplo will be afforded an opportunity to make a tremendous splash. Triller’s Boxing Officer Peter Kahn chimed in on Diplo’s impact as a musician and went in on match-making for him.

“Diplo has been training in boxing. He wants to fight. He has a worldwide fan base. It’s massive. It spans 100-plus countries, at least. And he wants to fight. I won’t do anything that’s not competitive, but competitive is a relative term. I’m not looking for someone that’s going to come in and overpower him, but I’m also not looking for someone that’s going to come in and underwhelm. I have to assess his skillset.”

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Fans will most certainly show up in droves to watch Diplo lace on the gloves and potentially go against another celebrity. It’s clear that the culture surrounding fight sports is undergoing a change and Triller is leading the charge. The event on Saturday night will be extremely telling as to the manner in which the company goes about massive events.

With Mike Tyson, Roy Jones Jr, and Evander Holyfield all making their comebacks, it’s interesting to see a new influx of headliners in the boxing world. Details surrounding Diplo’s debut are sketchy, however, fans will be on the lookout for any and all updates.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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