With the US government in shutdown and Trump going on (and on) about his border wall, our minds are returning to one of our favourite sports stories of the year.

In April, American boxer Rod Salka made a political statement when he entered the ring wearing red, white and blue shorts featuring a brick-wall pattern that read "America 1st" across the belt. Salka was fighting Mexican boxer Francisco Vargas in the California showdown.

Though, as if we needed any more proof that karma is real, Vargas pummelled Salka for six rounds before the American boxer quit. A video of the fight then went viral on social media, resurfacing this week as Democrats and Republicans engaged in a fight of their own over border wall funding.

This isn’t the first loss that Salka has endured. In 2016, he ran as a Republican for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He lost to Democratic incumbent William Kortz by more than 30 per cent.

At the time, Vargas told ESPN Deportes he was shocked by the trunks:

I was surprised when (Salka) was coming to the ring. I saw him dressed with a wall on his clothes, or representing the wall, but I kept calm. I was focused on making my fight and on my plan.

Once we were already in the ring, the wall was an extra ingredient (for my motivation to win), so when I had him head on, I gave it everything. Whatever it is I represent Mexico, and I feel that everything about that wall is against all my countrymen.

Will Trump's fight to build his wall go the same way? Only time will tell.

H/T: azcentral

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