Dave Chappelle is a huge boxing fan. I was unaware of that, but after Saul Alvarez, the Mexican boxer better known as Canelo, defeated Puerto Rican fighter Miguel Cotto, who is signed to Jay Z’s Roc Nation, the comedian best known for “Chappelle’s Show” attended the post-fight press conference. Rolling out spoke exclusively with Chappelle.
“It was a great fight card, the best I’ve seen in a while,” Dave said with excitement in his voice. As one of the first people to realize that Chappelle was there,
I heard the crowd buzzing about his presence. Sensing that he was a knowledgeable boxing fan, I asked Chappelle if he would be interested in seeing Canelo fight one of the biggest names in the sport, Gennady Golovkin, also known as GGG. “I definitely want to see that, I have to see if I can get tickets,”
I couldn’t resist trying to make a funny to the comedian, so I responded “I don’t think you would have a problem getting tickets, and if you do, let me know and I’ll point you in the right direction,” to which he smiled.
As I was walking away, I decided to let him know that I attended the Dave Chappelle Block Party, a documentary filmed in 2005 that featured performances by The Fugees, Kanye West, Jill Scott, Keyshia Cole, Erykah Badu, Mos Def, The Roots, and, of course, Chappelle himself. He said really, then gave me a hug and a pound.
My Las Vegas night wasn’t over (work unfortunately) and neither was Chappelle’s. Roc Nation hosted a party at Tao after the fight, and when I arrived I ran into the comedian again, who was just about to leave. Comedians rarely get back to the top once they leave the spotlight, but I know there are many rooting for Chapelle to do that. If it never happens, he can be satisfied with the laughs he provided for people with “Chappelle’s Show” and his stand-up act..