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Former Jets Forward Evander Kane Ready for Boxing Debut

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Former Jets Forward Evander Kane Ready for Boxing Debut

Saturday evening was the date of the long-awaited return to ring for heavyweight champion and all-time great boxer Mike Tyson (50-6). Squaring off against long-time light-heavyweight Roy Jones Jr. (66-9), the 54-year-old Tyson went the distance against his 51-year-old combatant in an eight-round exhibition match at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

With WBC ringside judges ruling the bout a draw, fans were disappointed that after eight, two-minute rounds a winner was not chosen for the main event. Never having fought one another prior to Saturday’s charity event, the fight was the first for Tyson since 2005, while Jones had been boxing until his retirement in 2018.

Leading up to the main event was the undercard match between three-time NBA slam dunk competition champion Nate Robinson (5-foot-9, 180-pound, 36 years old) and YouTube personality Jake Paul (6-foot-1, 205-pound, 23 years old). Paul who has made a name and livelihood for himself through various online stunts and video recordings had previously boxed in a professional match back in January of 2020, beating AnEsonGib by TKO in Florida.

Saturday’s showdown did not go well for Robinson, who lacked experience and knowledge in the ring. Ending up on the canvas three times, before one of Paul’s eight landed punches caught the former NBA star in a vulnerable position, knocking him unconscious and to the ring below. The fight was called at 1:24 of the second round.

Following the overly-hyped evening of boxing, various worldly personalities chipped in commentary on who each of Tyson, Jones Jr. and Paul should next square off with. It was widely accepted that Robinson should never fight again. Shortly after his victory over the small former NBA player, video surfaced of Paul challenging mixed martial artist and boxer Conor McGregor to be his match.

That comment drew heavy criticism online, especially in the hockey world. Immediately, former Winnipeg Jets forward and current San Jose Shark Evander Kane chirped back, offering his take on who may be a more worthy opponent… himself. Kane’s comments caught traction online, before Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner (also known for his mean streak) provided banter of his own. Adding fuel to the fire was Winnipegger Ryan Reaves, who could not pass up an opportunity to throw shade upon longtime rival Kane.

Later, on Sunday, Kane posted the following statement to his Instagram story, indicating his seriousness on the matter, before posting a ‘throwback’ styled photo of himself shirtless in a boxers stance with his wrists taped and the caption, “Don’t mind the haircut, but might have to get back in the ring #2011Ting”

“Jake Paul, I’d wreck ya,” Kane wrote. “It’s easy to beat guys with no experience and much smaller. August 31st, 2021, Vegas, and we can see if you really about that action.”

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at

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