Former Major League Baseball star Jose Canseco, 56, was knocked out by a Barstool Sports intern in the main event of a Rough N‘ Rowdy boxing event in West Virginia on Friday night. The fight lasted just 10 seconds after Billy Football, 21, sent Canseco down for the count after a flurry in the corner.
You can see the viral KO below.
Intentional or not, Canseco’s pre-fight prediction for the fight was spot-on.
A later tweet about the upcoming fight maybe didn’t age so well.
The feud between Canseco and the Barstool Sports intern began after the former baseball star trashed former teammate Alex Rodriguez during a Barstool Sports podcast. Shortly after that, the surreal fight was put together, and it was made into the headliner for the latest Rough N’ Rowdy pay-per-view card.
According to its own description via the official website, “Rough N’ Rowdy Brawl is amateur fighters with no defense throwing haymakers. It’s the funniest most action-packed night you’ll ever have.”
At least some of that is true. There certainly was no defense in the fight and people were at least trying to throw haymakers.
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Reactions to Viral KO
The KO almost immediately went viral on social media. Both of the fighters’ names were trending in the United States on social media, so there were plenty of reactions posted about the big fight.
You can see the best of them below.
Was Elon Musk watching? Some assumed he was based on the timing of his latest post.
Barstool’s Jared Carrabis claimed Canseco “took a dive” in the fight, which means he believes the ex-MLB star quit without really being hurt.
And in that same vein, Canseco was compared to a viral GIF of a flop in soccer.
Barstool’s Ria pointed out that Canseco’s performance probably means he should stop talking about facing YouTuber Logan Paul next.
Even the person who runs the College Football board over at Reddit was watching the action.
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More Reactions to Canseco’s Boxing Bout
One user even admitted to watching both the Rough N‘ Rowdy event and the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship event featuring Paige VanZant’s bare-knuckle boxing debut at the same time.
Famed oddsmakers Joey Oddessa claimed he saw enough in the 10-second drubbing to make ex-UFC star Ben Askren the heavy favorite to box Canseco’s ears off if the ex-MLB player and the wrestler ever climb inside the ropes together for a fistfight. Askren takes on YouTuber Jake Paul on April 17.
Canseco didn’t win his fight, but he had plenty of people talking about him after the dust finally settled.
Canseco is one of the most polarizing sports figures in history, and that doesn’t appear to be on its way to changing anytime soon.
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