Celebrity Boxing! Vanilla Ice vs. Willis!
Vanilla Ice, also known as Rob Van Winkle, burst onto the music scene in 1990 with his smash hit single “Ice Ice Baby.” With his flamboyant style, arrogant grin and highly punchable face, Vanilla Ice was an overnight sensation.
Although his time at the top was brief, Vanilla Ice really wrung it out for all it was worth. He dated Madonna, made a movie (the incredibly laughable and highly recommended 1991 flick, Cool As Ice), filmed a video with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and was all over the radio and TV.
Despite incredible success, it was also incredibly short-lived, and Rob Van Winkle receded to obscurity for a while.
Todd Bridges also experience great, yet fleeting success as Willis Jackson on the highly rated and very successful NBC sitcom Diff’rent Strokes, which followed the story of two poor African American brothers who were adopted by their mother’s wealthy white boss shortly after she passed away.
After dealing with very serious substance abuse issues for some time, Todd Bridges also receded from the public eye following his success.
In March of 2002, Vanilla Ice and Todd Bridges both returned to the spotlight to indulge the public’s curiosity (as well as collect a check and pay some bills) by engaging in a celebrity boxing match that was nothing short of ridiculous.
While it is apparent from the opening bell that neither man brought with him any real boxing knowledge or skill, Bridges’ aggression and tenacity were more than enough to carry him to victory against a clearly overmatched Vanilla Ice.