Quick knockouts make for terrible boxing matches. The only reason we remember Joe Louis’ immediate beatdown of Max Schleming is the specter of Nazi Germany and the complicated racial dynamics that existed back home for Louis. But in a street fight, things are a little different.
Unlike pay-per-view title fights, where millions of people expect to get their money’s worth (or at least have time to eat some of the food they ordered), neighborhood brawls are better if they end quickly. A sudden KO is the sort of thing that will be talked about forever — among the friends of the victor and the beslumped. For different reasons, of course.
And so, everyone got a story when these two dudes went at it in what appears to be Los Angeles’ Nickerson Gardens. The fight ended quickly but that was just the beginning.
One Good Punch
While no one would applaud either fighter’s form, the dude in the red shirt and sweatpants lands one of his windmills in the perfect spot to make star shorts take a nap. The unlucky contestant falls forward on to his face immediately, to the delight of the crowd who have gathered to watch the two go at it. Red Shirt takes it a little far, kicking the KO’d fighter in the head after he falls. And that’s when his girlfriend comes flying in.
While she tried to intervene in the actual fight, it isn’t until after it ends that Star Shorts’ girlfriend really gets involved. She goes after the man in the red as he’s walking away, only to be turned around by a man in a wifebeater, who tosses her away by her hair.
At one point, someone — possibly the girl’s mother — tries to jump in and her fight the man in the wifebeater, but she stumbles after a step and immediately turns herself around.
Convinced that she’s not going to be able to avenge her fallen man, she goes back to check on him and appropriately loses her mind over her unconscious partner. While the crowd is enjoying the story that comes out of watching someone’s lights go out, people don’t pass out for no reason. She’s probably right to be a little bit upset that her boyfriend is facedown on the lawn.
“Baby, get up,” she yells, while the crowd either disperses or hangs around to mock Star Shorts.
“Baby, Get Up”
As the crowd takes selfies in front of the konked out fighter, his girlfriend pleads for him to wake up. This, of course, only eggs the crowd on more. People can be heard asking for the videos of the man, apparently named Marquis, getting put down.
Eventually, one bystander offers what they probably thought was a comforting bit of information.
“He just sleep,” they said.