Reporting Erik Parker
In Brian McKnight‘s video for “Fall 5.0″ the singer can be seen throwing jabs in a boxing ring. Turns out, he has danced his way into professional boxing arena as a cornerman who is supporting boxers in his own way.
As one of the cornermen for Ukrainian-born boxer Anatoliy Dudchenko, McKnight has gotten more than a taste of the sweet science.
“I work the corner for him [Anatoliy], it’s a nasty business. I’m taking mouth pieces out and doing the grunt work–washing mouthpieces out, getting water,” Brian McKnight told Radio.com. “To be able to tell him, ‘Follow that one-two with a cross and you got ‘em.’ It’s great to have a hand in the career of someone who has nothing to do with what I do.”
While McKnight has no plans to step in the ring as a prize fighter, he said he does train as a boxer.
“I got drawn into this boxing thing because I just wanted to stay in shape,” McKnight said. “My trainer [Phil Paolina] didn’t want me to just lose weight. He said if ‘I’m going to train you, I’m going to train you to fight.’ For me, I can’t just go run. I’m fooling my body to think I’m learning something while maintaining a decent shape.”
He can be seen in his video for “Fall 5.0″ showing his new skill– hitting the speed bag, dancing in the ring, punching the heavy bag.
McKnight is not the only entertainer to get involved in the business of boxing. 5o Cent has received his promoters license and is promoting fights under his SMS promotions, which started out as a venture with Floyd Mayweather called The Money Team.
“He seems to have an accumen for business,” McKnight said of 50. “The guys who have been grandfathered in the game are on their way out–Don King and these guys are kind of on their way out. And you have Oscar [De La Hoya] who is killing the game right now. There needs to be somebody else, if it’s going to be 5o, that would be fantastic.”