The sport of boxing can be hit or miss (appreciate the pun, please) when it comes to entertainment value.
Some fights are massive. Think Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor or Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao. Others, well they barely even cause a blip on the national sports radar.
Sometimes, though, the weigh-ins tend to be the most exciting part of the matchup, because for the first time in a long while the fighters are face-to-face, they’re feeling confident and the fight itself is close — so tensions are high. Sure, sometimes the drama can be manufactured a bit in order to create some buzz around the fight, but when push comes to shove (again, appreciate the pun) the weigh-ins have a tendency to be pretty fun.
Unfortunately for boxer Willie Monroe Jr., his weigh-in with opponent Billy Joe Saunders was probably anything but fun, and that’s because Saunders’ kid decided to get into the action.
Here’s a video of the incident below. We’ll cue it up right at the time of the low blow in question. Keep in mind, some of the response is a bit NSFW:
The kid’s dad is a professional fighter, so it’s not extremely surprising that he decided to start throwing blows. What is surprising is the fact that Monroe Jr. took the jab like a champ, which is perhaps a sign of things to come for Saturday’s fight. It’s also well worth noting that little Saunders had no chill after his low-blow.
Not only did he punch the guy, but he proceeded to talk smack to one of Monroe Jr.’s teammates. All the while daddy stood by preening like a proud peacock.
To make this scene even more insane, Saunders and his kid were escorted away from the weigh-in with the kid yelling expletives to Monroe Jr. and his team on the way out.
I’m not sure whether to be appalled at the lack of parenting here or exited for the fight.
This thing just got hype.