Jake Paul talked a lot of trash heading into his fight against ex-NBA player Nate Robinson and the YouTube celebrity backed up every word with his performance.
A series of devastating right hands ultimately earned Paul a highlight reel knockout after he sent Robinson crashing face first to the canvas in the second round in the co-main event for the Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. pay-per-view on Saturday night.
The end came at just 1:35 into the second round as Paul moves to 2-0 in his boxing career.
“It was an overhand right,” Paul said about his knockout. “He was better than I expected. It takes a lot of balls to step in the ring. It just feels good to win. I talk a lot of sh*t but I back it up.”
It was a sloppy fight from Robinson as he showed his novice boxing skills while trying to chase Paul around the ring once he was released from the corner. Despite his best attempts to catch Paul while just rushing forward with punches, he wasn’t connecting with much of anything.
With Paul coming forward with pure aggression, Paul countered with a well-timed counter right hand that blasted the former NBA player behind the ear and sent him crashing to the canvas. While Robinson was complaining about getting hit in the back of the head, replays showed Paul’s right hand connected just behind the ear, which led to the knockdown.
Robinson survived to the second round but things only got worse for him from there.
Knowing that his opponent was still walking on rubber legs, Paul went after Robinson with a barrage of punches with a right hook that clubbed Robinson and put him down on the mat again. The referee allowed Robinson to continue but the end was near.
Paul came after him again during the next exchange as he was gunning for the knockout and he delivered with a massive overhand right that blasted Robinson and sent him face first to the canvas. The referee immediately stopped the contest as Robinson laid motionless on the mat for several moments before eventually getting back to his feet.
While Paul came to fame from YouTube videos alongside his brother Logan, the 23-year-old Ohio native seems to be serious about his boxing career at least when it comes to high profile bouts like this one. Afterwards, Paul continued to take aim at a pair of MMA fighters who he’s been calling out in recent months as he looks to build his profile in combat sports.