“No Chance”: After Tyreek Hill, Boxing Champion Claims Usain Bolt Cannot Beat Him in a Race

Published 10/24/2021, 3:07 PM EDT
BEIJING – AUGUST 15: Usain Bolt of Jamaica competes in the Men’s 100m Heats at the National Stadium on Day 7 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 15, 2008 in Beijing, China. Usain Bolt of Jamaica finished the event in first place with a time of 9.92. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)


The World’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, often faces race challenges by athletes. The Olympic legend stands undefeated to date, as no one has surpassed his astonishing world records in 100m and 200m races. 

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But that does not mean he lacks enough hungry candidates ready to beat him. Most recently, adding his name to the Bolt challengers, boxing star Shakan Pitters challenged the Olympic legend. In fact, he has an interesting race planned for Bolt. 

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Shakan Pitters challenges Usain Bolt in backward 800m race

Former British Light-Weight Champion Shakan Pitters grabbed the spotlight as he will soon face-off with Leeds puncher Reece Cartwright for the Vacant WBC International Light-Heavyweight Championship. Notably, the boxing star also has a past with track and field sport. Popularly known as the ‘Big Shak’, the 32-YO used to compete in the 800m race during his high-school time. 

Interestingly, he thinks he can defeat Usain Bolt in the 800m race, although with a twist. 

DORTMUND, GERMANY – MARCH 23: Usain Bolt pauses during a training of Borussia Dortmund on March 23, 2018 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Shakan Pitters said, “I certainly wasn’t Usain Bolt when it came to short distances, but over 800m I’d have given him a good go. It would have to running backwards though! I get all that explosive speed but with me, when people put their bodies through all that pain, I love it. It’s crazy but I love to push through it.”

He further added, Bolt could never catch him in the 800m race. Pitters said, “That is why I was a middle-distance runner as a kid because I just knew how to adapt and stay calm under pressure. Would Usain be able to catch me over 800m? With my daddy long legs? No chance!” 

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Other athletes who have challenged Bolt for a race

One of the notable names in the list of Bolt challengers is the NLF star Tyreek Hill. Interestingly, Hill has been in an online verbal war with the Olympic legend. Hill had claimed, he can defeat the Olympic legend in a 40m dash sprint. Bolt, being the dominator, had accepted the challenge; however, none of the parties have finalized the race yet. 

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 19: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after winning the Men’s 4 x 100m Relay Final on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

With Bolt being retired from the field since 2017, it would be a challenge for him to compete against active athletes. However, Bolt has extraordinary skills on the track. Do you think Shakan Pitters or Tyreek Hill have any chance against the Olympic legend?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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