Boxing has met WWE a few times before Tyson Fury's SmackDown debut

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Athletes love to try their hand at other sports.

Michael Phelps is an avid golfer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has a black belt in taekwondo, and in 2008, Floyd Mayweather Jr. stepped into the squared circle of WWE.

Mayweather, nicknamed ‘Money’, enjoyed an illustrious boxing career before retiring in 2017. He’s held an array of major world titles and boasts an unblemished 50-0 undefeated record.

However, in 2008, the boxer took a career detour when he burst into a WWE storyline at No Way Out, springing to the rescue of Rey Mysterio who was held suspended in the air by the paw of Big Show.

With a quick combo, Floyd blurred the boundaries between fiction and reality, breaking Show’s nose before scuttling off back over the barricade. The giant watched on, blood gushing down his face as his assailant got away.

In 2017, Big Show revealed in an interview with the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast that the fracture was in fact real and that he had instructed Mayweather to do it.

“I told Floyd to break my nose. If he didn’t do something huge that night, our angle was dead in the water.”

At WrestleMania XXIV, the two men met in a No Disqualification match. A boxer who once fought in the super featherweight category versus a 500lb man mountain. What could go wrong?

Fortunately for Mayweather, his posse of bodyguards had his back. With their assistance, the boxer landed multiple steel chair blows to the 7ft giant before wrapping a brass-knuckled punch around the colossus’ jaw. Big Show lay face down, unable to struggle to his feet as the referee counted to 10.

Like 27 other men in his 50-0 record, Big Show fell victim to a brutal Mayweather knockout.

Interestingly, Floyd is not the only boxer to throw his hat in the ring.

In 1998, Mike Tyson stunned Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania XIV when he partnered with ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin and delivered a cruel coup de grâce to the Heartbreak Kid.

Then, how could we possibly forget his heated confrontation with The Rattlesnake himself!

Following in the footsteps of his namesake, it now looks like Tyson Fury, the Gypsy King, could be gearing up for a WWE debut.

The heavyweight British boxer squared off with Braun Strowman on the latest edition of SmackDown and is expected to take the mic on RAW on Monday night.

Over the years, boxers and wrestlers have staged some of WWE’s most memorable moments. If Mayweather’s and Tyson’s successes are anything to go by, Fury has a good chance of adding a wrestling victory to his sporting palmarès.

Wary of the Big Show’s defeat in 2008, Strowman will be hoping his nose stays intact.

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