UFC legend Chuck Liddell has said that he is open to a boxing fight against former NBA legend Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal.
The MMA veteran expressed his desire to take on the NBA giants in conversation with former UFC commentator Jimmy Smith.
“Yeah, Shaq [O’Neal] would be a fun one, change it up and try to reach Shaq. You gotta remember, one of my sparring partners for a long time was 6’10. So it’s not big, but I trained with Gan McGee for forever, and my brother is 6’4, 6’5, 300lb. But standing next to Shaq, Shaq’s a big man… I’m always around big guys, but Shaq’s one of those few guys you go up to and go ‘Damn, Shaq’s big,’” Liddell said.
The 51-year-old last graced the octagon against his longtime foe, Tito Ortiz, in a trilogy bout in 2018. The Iceman went on to lose the first, his first MMA bout since hanging his gloves from the sport in 2010.
But he doesn’t seem to care about the height difference either against O’ Neil or Barkley.
Liddell stands at 6ft 2in and competed in 205 lbs division in his fighting days. On the other hand, Shaq is 7 feet tall and weighs 325lbs. The basketball veteran
So if you are thinking that Floyd Mayweather vs Logan Paul was one of the most mismatched boxing fights to take place, you might be wrong, but that is, in case Liddell’s idea progresses to talks and that to the actual fight.
In 2009, Shaq locked horns against boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya in a sparring match. Both wore protective headgears for the fight and it was De La Hoya who won via unanimous decision.
“Maybe Charles Barkley. He challenged me to come back and beat him in a golf tournament again. I beat him in a Tahoe tournament. I was second to last, but I beat him. I pulled it out in the last hole and beat Charles Barkley,” Liddell added.
The Iceman is not a new entrance into the world of celebrity boxing. While he hasn’t himself jumped into the boxing ring yet, he has officiated a clash between former Laker Lamar Odom and American rapper Aaron Carter.
Chuck Liddell on Jake Paul
In an interview with TMZ held three weeks ago, Liddell said that YouTuber Jake Paul is not good enough to beat him. Jake is preparing to fight former UFC welterweight Tyron Woodley after securing a first-round victory over Ben Askren via TKO.
“He’s not good enough to fight me. It just doesn’t make sense for him. None of it makes sense for this guy. He’s going to risk getting hurt like that?” the Iceman asked.
Nonetheless, he hasn’t completed ruled out taking on the YouTuber. A lucrative deal might change his mind.
“If they offer me enough money, I’m always down to fight,” the MMA legend added.