Nate Robinson Proved Everyone Has A Plan Until They Get Punched In The Mouth

Mike Tyson famously said, Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.

Tyson explained the quote to the Sun Sentinel back in November 2012.

“That quote, it morphs life so much,” he said. “It’s all about endurance. You might be one of those guys that starts real fast, but at the end of the game you’re not looking so good.

“Or you might start a little slow, have some adversity in your past, but you stuck it out and now you’re on top of the mountain for a long time. Some guys start off looking real good, but they can’t maintain that.”

This quote couldn’t be more of a truism for NBA veteran Nate Robinson. The three-time slam dunk champion has entered a new era in professional sports:

The man down era.

Nate’s Folly

After accepting a professional charity bout against You Tube Star, Jake Paul, the world had high hopes for Nate.

His bravado has always been a calling card growing up as a multi-sport athlete.

Standing at 5’9, Robinson knows no limits. He made it to the NBA where being tall is the prerequisite for recruitment and dunked over Dwight Howard to win his 2009 slam dunk title.

But you cannot play boxing…especially in the social media era.

However, Jake “The Problem Child” Paul put on a show in his professional debut with a dominating first-round TKO victory over “7-Figure Gibber”AnEsonGib back in late January 2020.

Paul was on a mission to avenge the loss his brother Logan suffered to KSI in November 2019.

After the fight, Nate Robinson felt some type of way and made it known he could take Jake.

Robinson spoke with TMZ Sports in May 2020 about wanting to fight Paul in a random callout, however, Robinson was passionate.

“I want all the smoke,” Robinson said. “I’m a top-tier athlete. You beating me would probably be the biggest accomplishment for your boxing career, or social media influencer — whatever.

“That’s your biggest claim to fame right now is knocking out Nate Robinson, so come do it. I’m putting my everything on the line for you. Let’s get it done. It’s that simple.”

Two months later the fight was made and we all saw the results. That’s why we must all understand that the closing you receive from a callout is mostly deserved.

We already collectively laugh at everyone’s pain and now Nate Robinson has joined that circus.

Nate showed that playtime is over when you step into the squared circle. A man with a plan to bum rush without abandon, proved that skills actually pay the bills in professional fisticuffs.

During their brief two round encounter, Robinson never protected his chin and his frustration at not being able to get his plan off put Jake Paul in position to look like his own version of an All-Star.

The 36-year old thought that his sheer will would push him over the top for his first professional fight.

But in boxing one punch can change everything.

After Paul initially delivered an accidental shot to the back of the head, Robinson forgot the first rule of boxing: protect yourself at all times.

Instead, his plan was to keep running directly into the line of fire without his hands up. It proved disastrous and Twitter roasted him mercilessly over it.

The memes were cold and the Black delegation did what we normally do, clown.

Though we respect Nate for stepping into the ultimate proving ground, the congregation couldn’t wait to give it to him like Harold at the light in Menace II Society.

Hymns being laid like music beds over Nate Robinson’s man down moment. T.D. Jake’s image fused with Snoop Dogg’s hilarious “Laaawd Jesus” commentary.

Nate Robinson showed the worst way to debut in the fight game, on a Mike Tyson exhibition comeback card.

Sticky Fingaz Taught Me

Flashback to 1998.

MTV took their Sports and Music Festival’s cross-pollination to another level by having musicians compete against actual athletes in sports.

Onyx’s charismatic rapper, Sticky Fingaz took part in an MTV Celebrity Boxing match against skateboarder Simon Woodstock.

Jaime Foxx provided the memorable commentary a la Snoop Dogg at the Robinson vs. Paul fight.

Although, Sticky went the full three rounds and never touched the canvas, Woodstock clearly was the better fighter.

Prior to the bout, Sticky was perceived as a hard as nails aggressive rapper that would probably kick your ass. Collectively, the congregation deemed his performance a brand game changer in the most negative of ways.

As Kevin Hart said recently on his Straight From The Hart podcast, Sticky Fingaz hasn’t been seen since.

Fighting can expose you but in rap where Common made popular the concept of “I see the b*#€h in you” when he came for Ice Cube, it’s a risk not worth taking.

NBA players should also now take notes.

Still a G.O.A.T.

When the world is watching you best believe having your skills together is a must. However, Nate Robinson is still a GOAT for what he’s done in sports.

But this moment will be a footnote in the sordid history of the red light district of sports.

The night when the YouTube celebrity bested the NBA All-Star and the world salivated over the loss.

A cultural touch point indeed, a pugilistic legacy that never began, and the moment Nate realized that we ain’t sh*t.



Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.