Roy Jones Jr. Knew Nate Robinson Was in Trouble Before the Jake Paul Fight

Published 12/17/2020, 7:20 AM EST
MASHANTUCKET, CT – AUGUST 16: Roy Jones Jr. during his match against Eric Watkins in the season two finale of NUVOtvs Knockout at Foxwoods Resort Casino on August 16, 2015 in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Jones won by a knockout in the sixth round. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images for NUVOtv)


Jake Paul vs Nate Robinson may be almost a month in the past, but the talking points still exist. Watching Paul dispatch a former NBA Dunk Contest Champion has led to the hype for a fight against Conor McGregor. While that fight may be asinine, the chatter around it is real. All because Nate Robinson fell flat to a spectacular KO.

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The main eventer that night, Roy Jones Jr. gave his thoughts on the matchup and said he knew Robinson was doomed from the start.

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“First of all, it’s not a fight that Nate should even take, because Nate is about 5’9 5’10 a 181 pounds… Jake Paul came down from 210 to 189. One guy knows how to pull away and how to play the weight game. The other guy has no clue. So you’re already smarter than him.

Jones Jr. added, “Jake Paul and Nate. Nate is way too small to be in a boxing ring with a weighed down Jake. Paul. I saw him at the weigh-in. I said, ‘Oh gosh.'”

Jake Paul: Size does matter?

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What Paul did to Robinson in that fight wouldn’t be commonplace in professional boxing. While we see spectacular KOs and mismatches, we don’t see them to this extent. Most commissions wouldn’t sanction this fight, and with good reason. Whatever you have to say about Jake Paul, no one can question his genuine commitment to the sport.

MIAMI, FLORIDA – JANUARY 30: Jake Paul celebrates with his brother, Logan, after defeating AnEsonGib in a first round knockout during their fight at Meridian at Island Gardens on January 30, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

He did the smart thing by agreeing to fight someone who was much smaller than him and cut the weight to face him. Along with that, Paul has had exhibition and professional fights prior to that one. He came with the experience to beat Robinson, who probably imagined it to be akin to a scrap in the streets.

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Instead, a professionally trained athlete got to beat up an athlete who hasn’t trained for this sport. Jones Jr. is right, the fight probably should have been avoided. But, we have to live in its aftermath now that it has happened.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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