At one point, Nick Young had it all. He played for two of the biggest market teams in the NBA – the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors, and he had a fair share of the limelight, being engaged to female pop and rap star Iggy Azalea.
However, all that is now past tense as “Swaggy P” has decided to give boxing a shot. And though Young’s boxing debut didn’t end up the way he wanted to, the lead-up to it was a story to tell.
Swaggy P wants to Mike Tyson D-Lo
Ahead of the fight, Young was asked to name which NBA players he fancies taking on inside the ring. Unsurprisingly, “Swaggy P,” said he’d love to face some of his teammates and singled out his former coach Luke Walton and former teammate D’Angelo Russell, who recorded a video of Young admitting he was cheating on Iggy in 2016.
“Some guys on the Lakers,” Young told Sports Illustrated. “Some guys on the Warriors. D-Lo [Russell], Luke Walton. That would be an easy one. That would be a first-round knockout.”
Expressing his bitterness towards Russell, Young added that his rage would make him pull off a Mike Tyson-Esque on D-Lo.
“That would be like some Mike Tyson [stuff],” he added. “You know how Mike Tyson fights. First round. First eight seconds. It’s a lot of built-up anger.”
Failed boxing debut
Young took on TikTok star Malcolm Minikon at the Social Gloves 2 event in September. The ex-NBA sharpshooter vowed to put on a show in his maiden boxing match and came in blazing. He was able to land some hard shots in the second round, but things took a huge turn in Round 4 when Minikon landed a devastating straight left that saw Young getting knocked out through the ropes.
After the fight, Young insisted that Minikon knew he was losing and decided to headbutt him due to frustration.
Despite the somewhat humiliating boxing debut, Young said he plans to turn pro in the future. He came in weighing 220 pounds against Minikon but would like to compete as a cruiserweight (200 lbs) in the pros.
More importantly than changing his weight, “Swaggy P” evidently needs to work on his boxing as he’s clearly far from Mike Tyson at this point.