Boxing legend Mike Tyson took the time to thank Jake Paul and other boxing YouTubers after his fight for making the sport “alive” once again.
“Iron” Mike Tyson reigned as the undisputed heavyweight boxing champion of the world from 1987 to 1990 and is one of the sport’s most well-known stars today.
While Tyson’s popularity hasn’t waned over the years, boxing itself is another story. There are a lot of theories and plausible reasons as to why, but there’s no denying that the sport is nowhere near as big as it once was.
The star power the technically-retired boxer brought to the Nov. 28 bout was sure to draw people in, but Jake Paul on the undercard got a whole new generation to watch, which Tyson thinks is the shot in the arm the sport needs.
Tyson is still one of the biggest stars in boxing after his official retirement in 2005.
“Listen, my ego says so many things, but my reality is they [YouTubers] helped boxing so much,” he told reporters following his fight. “They owe these YouTube boxers some kind of respect, they should give them some belts, because these guys made boxing alive.”
Case in point just shortly after Paul knocked out former NBA player Nate Robinson in the second round of their fight, social media lit up with clips of the shot and various memes of Robinson lying face-down on things; it’s not every day you see boxing topics trending on Twitter.
“Boxing was pretty much a dying sport, UFC was kicking our butt, and now we got these YouTube boxers boxing? 25 million views,” Tyson continued. “Boxing’s going back, thanks to the YouTube boxers.”
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING TOTALLY UNEXPECTED: Mike Tyson says YouTube boxers helped bring boxing back, claims the sport was dead. This after Jake Paul fought in the undercard of his fight yesterday. pic.twitter.com/kCBB5pGxLp
There aren’t any solid numbers for how many people tuned in to Saturday’s fight as of yet, but based on how many people were posting about it, it’s safe to say it was one of the most-watched boxing matches of the year.
The fourth Chipotle Challenger series featured another star-studded lineup of contestants, including:
Streamers / Pro Players
Celebrities / Athletes
Tyler Joseph (Twenty One Pilots)
In the Chipotle Challenger Series Fortnite event, there were four qualifiers for teams of three to try to get through. Teams scored one point for each elimination they earned, as well as points for placing.
Up to 1000 trio teams
Private lobbies for a 3-hour play window
Ladder system that allows registrants to play for the whole 3-hour window
Qualifying teams then had the chance to go head to head in a private lobby with teams of streaming superstars, celebrities and athletes.
Top 4 teams from each qualifier advance
17 teams of invited talent
Chipotle Challenger Series Prize Pool
A total of $50,000 in prize money was up for grabs. But, that’s not all – as with previous events, the top three teams also secured themselves free burritos for a year!
1st: $30,000 + free burritos for 1 year
2nd: $15,000 + free burritos for 1 year
3rd: $5,000 + free burritos for 1 year
Previous Chipotle Challenger Series results
Here’s a look back at how previous events in the Chipotle Challenger series have finished.
Chipotle Warzone Challenge #1 – April 30
Here are the top-10 placing teams for the first Chipotle Challenger Series event. The winners, a surprise team, actually had to go through the qualifier stages to make it to the main event.
As with the first Challengers Series tournament, the second event on July 16 also featured a relatively unknown pair of Warzone players top the star-studded list of participants, taking home $25,000 and a year’s worth of burritos.
The Trio blitzed through to first place with three extremely high scoring games out of their five in the grand finals. 77 points pushed them just ahead of the second-best team on the day by a total of three points.
A look at the top three Trios at the end of the Chipotle Challenger Series event.
What is the Chipotle Challenger Series?
The Chipotle Challenger Series first launched last year at DreamHack in Dallas, TX and is now virtual for 2020 with an online tournament that gives every fan across the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to join the competition and prove their skills in some of the world’s most popular games.
A live-broadcasted Finale is held, featuring the top-performing teams from the Qualifiers up against the streamers and celebrities.
These teams have the opportunity to go head-to-head against fan-favorites in esports as well as Chipotle-fan gamers in sports, music, and entertainment.
Some of the big names that took part in the first tournament of the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series included award-winning DJ Steve Aoki, actors Finn Wolfhard, Jerry Ferrara, Colton Underwood, and Cameron Fuller, esports players Tommey, Rallied, Shane ‘ShAnE’ McKerral, and Crowder, streamers ItzWarsz, Symfuhny, Di3seL, TSM Diego, and HusKerrs, YouTuber FaZe Swagg, baseball players Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, and Joey Gallo, DJ-Gamer CRAY, USA Hockey’s Hilary Knight, elite basketball prospects James Wiseman, R.J. Hampton, and Tre Jones, U.S. Soccer’s Allie Long, and athlete Demi Bagby.
Chipotle and esports
This is far from Chipotle’s first foray into the world of esports. In 2017 the company made headlines as one of OpTic Gaming’s main sponsors and the Chipotle logo was on proud display when the organization’s Call of Duty roster took home the trophy at the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship.
The Challenger Series first kicked off at DreamHack Dallas, where players duked it out on PUBG, before moving to Fortnite for the second event at DreamHack Atlanta.
In 2018 Chipotle became a title sponsor of Team SoloMid’s competitive Fortnite roster, specifically the TSM Fortnite house in California. This has led to various collaborations, including one of the world’s most recognized streamers, Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani, creating his own burrito inside a Chipotle store.
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