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“They put on gloves and really threw hands” — Big Baby Davis reveals new details of Ray Allen vs. Rajon Rondo boxing match

The way they boxed reveals who had a lot more feelings about the situation - Rondo was trying to land a knockout punch, while Allen was jabbing, going for the points win.
Boston Celtics players power forward Kevin Garnett , shooting guard Ray Allen , point guard Rajon Rondo and small forward Paul Pierce

Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo

When Ray Allen joined the Boston Celtics in 2007, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce formed the legendary trio that changed the league’s landscape. Evidently, the goal was to win the chip, and that’s exactly what Allen had in mind. So when the C’s triumphantly copped the championship in the Big 3’s maidens season in Boston, Ray-Ray never thought about bolstering the team.

There’s nothing wrong with improving your team. However, what was on the Celtics’ drawing board at the time was something a bit insensitive - the idea of trading Rajon Rondo. Why would the Celtics try to trade a young point guard who was a perfect fit next to their Big 3? Chris Paul, that's why. 

What we know about it

As expected, many did not favor it, including Garnett and Pierce. But former Celtics center Kendrick Perkins said that Allen, on the other hand, was like “‘Nah, let’s do it.’” It didn’t take long before Rondo found out about it, including Allen’s take on the trade idea, and he didn’t like it.

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As time passed by, Allen and Rondo developed a feud, and Perkins said they tried to settle it like real men, so they made the pair wear real boxing gloves and “made them box it out for like two rounds.”

The other details

Confirming Perkins’ story, former Celtics backup big man Glen “Big Baby” Davis said that Allen and Rondo really “boxed it out.” However, it took a lot of back and forth between the two that took place before the duel.

Sometimes Ray, on defense, would suck a**, and Doc [Rivers] wouldn’t say s***. It’s like, ‘Rondo, you’re f***ing up. Chauncey Billups is killing you.’ Rondo’s like, ‘Yo, Chauncey Billups ain’t f***ing scored this f***ing series. It’s Rip Hamilton that’s busting our ass.’ S*** like that was happening,” Davis recently told DJ Vlad.

For those who were wondering who got the better of his opponent in the boxing match, Davis said it wasn’t clear, but they could tell Rondo was trying to knock Allen out. On the other hand, Ray-Ray was “jabbing” and seemingly timing his punches.

They put on gloves and really threw hands. You could just tell Rondo was trying to knock his [Allen’s] head off,” Davis recalled. “Ray was jabbing.

Davis further revealed that the fight happened inside a weight-room area inside the Celtics training facility, but management never knew or heard about it.


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