SAN JOSE — Joking or not, San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane on Sunday morning challenged Jake Paul to a boxing match. He even has a date and a location in mind.
Kane on Saturday night watched Paul, a YouTube star, knock out former NBA player Nate Robinson in the co-main event on a boxing card at Staples Center in Los Angeles that also featured Mike Tyson fighting Roy Jones Jr.
Paul, 23, in his second professional fight, recorded three knockdowns against Robinson, 36, before he knocked him out in the second round. Paul is listed at 6-foot-1 and weighed in for the fight at 189 pounds. The 5-9 Robinson, at 181 pounds, was making his pro debut.
“yo @jakepaul I’d wreck ya,” Kane tweeted Sunday from his account. “Easy to beat up guys with no experience and much smaller. August 31st 2021 Vegas we can see if you really about that action. #YOURMOVE.”
Kane, 29, is 6-2 and 210 pounds, and was named after former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield. He has traded punches with some of the NHL’s toughest customers throughout his 11-year career, as hockey-fights.com lists him as having 24 fights between preseason, regular season and playoff games.
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After Paul’s fight on Saturday, Kane tweeted, “Jeeezzzz maybe I should take on @jakepaul next.” His former Buffalo Sabres teammate, Robin Lehner — now with the Vegas Golden Knights — replied, “Nah step out of the way and let real knights fight.#babyshark.”
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Kane replied, “Hahaha but you know I’m about that action. I believe you had a front seat to that Florida game back in buff.”
Kane fought Alex Petrovic of the Florida Panthers three times in the same game on Feb. 9, 2016.
Paul, for his part, said he wanted to fight former UFC champion Conor McGregor in his next match.
“I mean what fighter with this big of a platform is calling out Mcgregor? ITS GONNA HAPPEN. YOU WILL ALL SEE.”
JAKE PAUL JUST PUT NATE ROBINSON TO SLEEP pic.twitter.com/UkKYVX3jGW
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