PointCrow details entering the ring with its biggest inspiration, DisguisedToast

Following the brutal battle between content creators PointCrow and DisguisedToast at Ludwig’s Chessboxing event, Eric shares what it was like to face one of his biggest inspirations in a battle of brains and brawn.

Influencer boxing has become a spectacle over the past year or so. With social media titans KSI, Logan Paul and Jake Paul pioneering the sport a few years ago, influencers both big and small are donning the gloves to put on a show for fans.

There is something gratifying about seeing two vaguely known socialists go at each other in front of an audience numbering in the thousands. It’s even more so when both boxes are responsible for creating content you’ve been consuming for years.

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While it’s fun to watch amateurs fight their way through rounds of boxing, Ludwig found a way to put a spin on the sport. On December 11, 2022, the first Influencer Chessboxing event was held with players PointCrow and DisguisedToast headlining the card. Two content creators known for their entertaining on-screen play would face off in a contest of physical and mental prowess.

However, revealed in a promo video before the match, PointCrow would express how DisguisedToast inspired him to start streaming. In an interview with Dexerto, PointCrow describes what it was like to train for a sport he had never played, what happened after the fight, and what it was like to step into the ring for the first time.

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Training for chess boxing and entering the ring

Not only was PointCrow featured in Ludwig’s Mogul Chessboxing event, but he main evented every other match leading up to his match with DisguisedToast. If there was pressure on any combatants to perform well, it was on Crow and Eric.

Training for a main event is demanding enough, but this would also be both fighters’ boxing match. As such, PointCrow developed a strategy that he would implement within six months.

“I generally knew that DisguisedToast didn’t train too much in chess and went all in training for boxing. I knew we were around the same chess skill level/ELO too, by stalking his chess.com account and all the matches he played on it before the event. So, for the chess part – I had some idea of ​​what his opening was and practiced it a bit.

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“On the book side of things, I know that when Toast puts his mind to something and gets comfortable with it, the man is unstoppable. He’s incredibly smart and will take advantage of everything he can – so my goal was to come out and swing as aggressively as possible to get him off his rhythm early. The more uncomfortable I could make Toast in the ring, the better chance I thought I’d have of winning.”

Eric revealed that he spent none of his time on chess or chess theory and instead went all in on the physical aspect of the event, a fatal flaw that may have been why he fell to DisguisedToast via checkmate.

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He also stated that although he enjoyed the boxing part of the event more, boxing training was much more difficult. “Do you get up at the crack of dawn every morning, get head shots and body shots for an hour or two before you even start your day? Brutal. Hey, but at least it wakes you up!”

Of course, athletes can train as hard as they want, but that will never fully prepare them for what it’s like to actually step into the ring. The nerves, excitement and opponents are there for months of sparring.

“I was incredibly nervous right before the match!” PointCrow admitted: “Would I do well? Would I fall for a gambit? Will the fight live up to the name ‘main event’?”

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“So many thoughts raced through my head, but the moment I walked out was the moment those thoughts disappeared. I mean, at that point there’s no use worrying – I put in 6 months of effort and put it all out there for millions to see. More importantly, I was having too much fun to care!

The aftermath of a brutal matchup

For professional boxers, a fight rarely gets as brutal as the one between PointCrow and DisguisedToast. To say they put it all on the line could be considered an understatement as Eric had to win via knockout going into the final boxing round or Toast would win the fight.

Both fighters landed blow after blow with the burning intent of knocking the other unconscious. Blood would spill, but neither would fall to the mat in time.

“Toast and I were pretty devastated at the end of our card. He was bleeding, I could barely focus. I wish I could remember more about what happened right after the last round, but unfortunately both Toast and I were diagnosed with mild concussions in the locker room .

“It was a splitting headache and it was all I could do not to rip my brain out of my skull – I wanted to throw up and there was a haze around my mind,” Eric said. DisguisedToast would later reveal that he has had trouble sleeping after the match, while PointCrow has faced the opposite.

“I think it’s harder for me to stay awake! Maybe I stole sleep from him. But in reality my concussion symptoms have definitely faded, I hope Toast can continue to heal and rest.”

Comparing Influencer Boxing to “real” boxing

Despite the fact that these events capture the attention of hundreds of thousands of viewers, there is still a stigma attached to the term “influencer boxing”. This mindset which – despite training for six months for a single fight – is not on the same level as professional boxing. PointCrow believes it is a disservice to this subgenre of boxing.

“I think influencers breaking into boxing is a fantastic way to bring new blood into the sport and it makes for a fantastic show. The content that is created from these high-octane events is second to none,” he said. “When it comes to considering these ‘casual events’ I think Chess Boxing and Creator Clash are anything but laid back and to call them such is a disservice to the sheer production quality and entertainment value these events bring. My trainer was shocked the venue itself and the viewership, citing it as similar to the professional matches he used to be in.”

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He cautioned those watching influencer boxing who might think the fights are not as competitive as a professional fight. “Content or not, it’s a serious sport with serious injuries – so it’s not something the average person should jump into without research.”

PointCrow’s future in boxing

Like clockwork, when a fight ends, spectators are eager to know if their favorite influencer will return to the ring and with whom – but for PointCrow, his future in the sport is uncertain.

“I’m not sure if I’ll try it again! It was incredibly fun to be part of, and I fell in love with the sport itself. In the short term though, I won’t be doing any contact sports, I just want to keep boxing to stay fit and healthy.

However, he stated that he would like to see how he would fare in a regular boxing match. “It would take a lot more stamina – but the chessboxing idea has my heart. There’s an incredible amount of brains and brawn that goes on. The mental battle of chessboxing is definitely underrated.”

Considering who he wanted to face, he already had the perfect opponent. “I think I was lucky that my first card was with DisguisedToast. In my opinion, the fight we had was some of the best influencer boxing content to date. We were super even. I would say with the fun I had, our respect for each other and how everything went down, he our my ideal opponent!”

Will PointCrow get back in the ring? Will he get another chance to defeat DisguisedToast? Or will his idea for hybrid knit boxing become a reality that creates a new sports craze?

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