Nate Robinson’s shocking earnings from KO loss to Jake Paul
While Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. took home over $1 million each in their recent exhibition boxing match, ex-NBA player Nate Robinson and YouTuber Jake Paul took home just a measly $600 each from their showdown.
Per Marc Raimondi of ESPN, Robinson and Paul were slated to earn a guaranteed amount of $600 each–the California minimum of $100 per round. While they definitely earned a ton from endorsements and PPV shares, $600 is their guaranteed earnings. The hyped exhibition match ended in Round 2, with the former NBA high-flyer falling to the canvas after leaning into a right hook from Paul.
Though the exhibition bout entertained legions of fans, it didn’t prevent them from trolling Robinsons after his horrendous showing. Several fans revisited a 10-year-old tweet from Robinson where he shared how he would dominate in the ring if given the time to train.
This you? pic.twitter.com/ICpthqVRmm
— LECHUGA 👻 (@Jonathangarzza) November 29, 2020
But amid all the trolling, boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. came to the rescue and posted a heartfelt message for Nate Robinson. Mayweather also took a stand against African-American athletes, specifically NBA players, who have mocked their brothers in the past.
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While it was just an exhibition match meant to entertain, legendary boxing trainer and commentator Teddy Atlas criticized the whole ordeal. He pointed out the fact that Paul, though not a boxer, has been training boxing regularly. Though Robinson is one of the best athletes in the world, he entered the fight with a major disadvantage.
Why have a California Commission if they allow this??
— Teddy Atlas (@TeddyAtlasReal) November 29, 2020
The Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. bout is the first event of the former’s new PPV “Legends Only League.” If the event generates relative success, it’s expected to feature retired sports legends competing across all sports.
Both Mike and Roy will bank a guaranteed $1 million for tonight's exhibition 💰 #TysonJones
— ESPN Ringside (@ESPNRingside) November 29, 2020