Former New York Islanders goalie Robin Lehner has challenged Youtuber Jake Paul to a boxing match.
On Saturday, Youtuber Jake Paul defeated former NBA player Nate Robinson in the boxing ring as part of the Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. card. As soon as the bout was done (Paul knocked out Robinson in the second round), people started calling out Paul to challenge him. Including former New York Islanders goalie Robin Lehner.
Lehner might not be a boxer like Paul, but he certainly knows how to throw his fists around if he needs to. He might be the underdog in that matchup, but I wouldn’t be so quick to bet against him.
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Jake Paul might be a more experienced fighter in terms of boxing training, but there’s something to be said about Lehner’s size advantage. Paul measures 6’1″ and tips the scales 189 pounds. Lehner on the other hand is 6’4″ and comes in at 240lbs.
And again, Lehner has some experience throwing his fists around. Here he is back in 2012 taking on goalie Riku Helenius. Just for reference, Helenius is listed as 6’2″ and 182lbs on HockeyDB, so of equivalent size to Jake Paul.
After Paul challenged former MMA champ, Connor McGregor, following his TKO victory, Lehner let Paul know that he could easily take him.
Lehner wasn’t the only NHL’er to think they could take on Paul. San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane suggested over Twitter that he should be Paul’s next challenger, a suggestion that Lehner himself commented on. Which created a nice back and forth between the two Pacific Division rivals.
If a fight were to take place between Lehner and Paul it might be thought to have it at the cruiserweight level (the same level that Paul v. Robinson was held at), Lehner would have to come in 40lbs lighter. Paul could also bulk up to bump the weight class up for a heavyweight bought.
Again, if this fight were to happen I wouldn’t say Lehner would be the favorite, but I wouldn’t bet against him. I think the Panda could win.