Shaquille O’Neal Drops Massive Hint on Boxing Debut: “Somebody Said They’re Gonna Give Me $2.5 Million to Fight Lamar Odom”

Published 12/23/2021, 3:30 PM EST
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – DECEMBER 28: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Shaquille O’Neal attends 2019 World Lightweight & World Light Heavy Weight Championships at State Farm Arena on December 28, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)


Shaquille O’Neal struck terror into the hearts of his opponents on the basketball court. Given that, imagine what would happen if the 4-time NBA Champ stepped into the boxing ring to fight someone. Well, it seems like the possibility of that happening can’t be dismissed. In fact, it’s also possible that he might be fighting a former NBA player. At least that’s what the Los Angeles Lakers legend revealed in a recent episode of his podcast.

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Shaquille O’Neal vs Lamar Odom?

AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 14: American Express Brings Together Rapper Travis Scott and Sport’s Legend Shaquille O’Neal at Austin City Limits Festival on October 14, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for American Express)

After a prolific NBA career, Shaq decided to make his way into the entertainment world. So in 2009, he started a television show which had a unique and fascinating concept. ‘Shaq Vs.’, would include O’Neal challenging athletes from different sports on their turf. In fact, he was very confident that he could defeat them at their sports.

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As bizarre as it sounds, Shaq finds a way to make everything interesting, and that he did.

Shaq said during the podcast, “Somebody said they’re gonna give me $2.5 million to fight Lamar Odom.” And if that’s the case, then there is a chance that O’Neal could find a way to make it happen.

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When was the last time Shaq got into the ring?

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In season two of his TV show, Shaq entered the boxing ring to go face to face with “Sugar” Shane Mosley. And without a doubt, he gave Mosley a run for his money. In fact, the fight was quite fair, considering both of them were of the same age at the time.

Because of Shaq’s height and weight, he had a great advantage over Shane. And if only he had gotten one clear punch, it’s possible it could have been a knockout. Eventually, Mosley, who dodged Shaq’s punches and landed most of his own, won the fight.

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But if Shaq and Lamar Odom meet face to face, neither of them will have a professional advantage over the other. This means that it might end up being even more interesting than this.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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