Years of training, whatever you think of the level of training, overcame natural athleticism tonight as Jake Paul flattened Nate Robinson in the second round of their much-hyped boxing match.
Paul, the 23-year-old YouTube celebrity who is now 2-0 (2 KO) in pro boxing, had the 36-year-old Robinson (0-1) charging recklessly at him from the get-go. Paul, clearly the more relaxed man in the ring, was able to consistently tie Robinson up, and dropped him with a counter right to the side of the head in the first round. Robinson complained that it was to the back of the head, but it was more on the side, and at any rate it was Robinson’s sloppy brawling that made it happen in the first place.
In the second round, Robinson was drilled and dropped twice, and on the third overall knockdown, the fight was rightly stopped. Paul was far more composed, a much better boxer — for whatever that’s worth — and the fight really wasn’t much of a contest when all was said and done.
“He was better than I expected, athletic, he was super strong,” Paul said after the fight. “It takes a lot of balls to step into the ring. This means a lot to me. It feels good to win.”
Paul, 23, called out UFC star Conor McGregor and others post-fight, and maintains that he’s serious about staying in the sport of boxing.
“I want to be in this sport for a long time. I’m in love with it, so why not? My whole life has been a fight. So fighting, it’s something I’m great at. Being from Ohio, a small town, and making my way out to Los Angeles to fame and success, just fighting for it, fighting for everything. People never believing me, people hating me, I’m one of the most hated people in the world. This is my lane.”