The former interim UFC welterweight champion took to Twitter Monday to challenge NBA star LeBron James to a boxing match. The tweet follows the Legends Only League boxing event on Saturday night.
The event, which was headlined by Mike Tyson against Roy Jones Jr., featured a fight between YouTube star Jake Paul and former NBA player Nate Robinson in the card’s main co-event. Robinson suffered a knockout loss to Paul.
“Heard they finally scraped @ nate_robinson’s carcass off the floor at @staplescenter,” Covington wrote on Twitter. “I would get @kingjames to eat the web in half the time.” Everyone knows the current @NBA players are the sweetest, most privileged athletes on the planet. #TysonJones #Facts »
Covington (16-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC), who is known in combat sports for his high-profile support for President Donald Trump, has been silent in recent weeks. His shot at James is the first comment he has made since President-elect Joe Biden was elected to power in November.
Covington has been a big critic of the Black Lives Matter movement and this isn’t the first time he’s taken on James or the NBA. The 32-year-old criticized NBA and MLB players for sitting down to protest racial injustice in August.
Covington also criticized San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and NFL players for taking a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality.
Covington last fought in September, where he earned a technical elimination victory over former UFC Champion Tyron Woodley at UFC Fight Night 178. He is currently 8-1 in his last nine. fights with his only loss in a title fight against champion Kamaru Usman.
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