Months After Crashing the FIFA World Cup Final, Salt Bae Invades a New Sport

Published 04/09/2023, 10:05 AM EDT

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Nusret Gökçe, also known as ‘Salt Bae’, is a Turkish chef who rose to fame thanks to his unique style of seasoning meat. He became an internet sensation in 2017, with a viral video showing him sprinkling salt over a steak in a dramatic and flamboyant way.

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Since then, he has opened a chain of steakhouses and has become a celebrity in his own right. However, he’s also no stranger to controversy and was recently involved in a big one coming under fire for his actions at the 2022 FIFA World Cup Final. Despite this, he is now looking to get into another sport.

Salt Bae now looks to invade the sport of boxing

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Gökçe recently uploaded a video on his Instagram channel where he can be seen practicing punches on a bag. This was not all, as he even announced that he would compete in the boxing ring soon, as he showcased his current skills to his audience. “I am getting ready to fight at the ring soon.” he wrote.

 

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While Salt Bae’s trying to break into boxing may seem random, it’s actually part of a larger trend of celebrities and influencers getting involved in the world of combat sports. From the Paul brothers to Snoop Dogg and BlueFace, more and more high-profile figures are associated with the sport. Moreover, it looks like Gökçe will be the latest addition to this trend. However, he might have to brave some backlash for his previous actions.

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Why was Nusret Gökçe criticized after the FIFA World Cup?

The Turkish chef was recently under fire for posing with the trophy after the final had concluded. The trophy is one of the most prestigious ones on the planet with only a select few getting the opportunity to hold it. However, ‘Salt Bae’ tried to reap the rewards and gain some popularity by holding the coveted prize.

The incident sparked outrage among fans and officials, who accused ‘Salt Bae’ of mishandling the trophy. Moreover, FIFA later launched an investigation into the matter, stating that they take the protection of their intellectual property very seriously.

 

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The incident is just the latest in a long line of controversies surrounding ‘Salt Bae’. In addition, it highlights the growing influence of social media celebrities and influencers in the world of sports. While some may see his behavior as harmless or even entertaining, others believe that it sets a dangerous precedent and undermines the integrity of the game.

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What did you think about ‘Salt Bae’ training to make his boxing debut? Let us know in the comments down below.

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Sahil Sood

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Sahil Sood is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports, who specializes in covering live events and core sports. Sahil holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and has authored over 1300 articles at EssentiallySports. His coverage of Sylvester Stallone's training with Earnie Shavers was widely praised for its depth and insight.
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