LeBron James is a top-tier boxing talent, according to boxing legend Canelo Alvarez, who recently spoke with GQ Sports:
“Why Not?” replied Alvarez when he was asked if James could have a career as a fighter. “I think he has skills for the sport. He’s an athlete, 100 percent. If he had dedicated himself to being a fighter, he could do it.”
The Mexican superstar has a career record of 57-2-2, including 39 knockouts, and is a four-time world champion. The 5’8″ 32-year-old boxer is presently regarded as the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter. Alvarez is the one who most understands what it takes to be a boxing GOAT.
James, who is 6’9″ and weighs 250 pounds, would unquestionably compete as a heavyweight.
The Chosen One is not the only Laker that a modern-day boxing prodigy believes could have excelled in the ring. Kobe Bryant would have had a terrific career in the ring, heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder said earlier this month.
It’s not the first time sportsmen from different areas have made predictions about the 18-time All-Star’s potential in other sports. As the 2011 NBA lockout continued through October and November, James, a talented wide receiver in high school (and at one point the #1 football prospect in the state of Ohio), reportedly started practising for the NFL. Remember that in 2011–12, when he was 27 years old, LeBron was at the height of his athletic prowess. That year, while playing for Pat Riley’s Miami Heat, he won his third MVP award and his first NBA championship.
Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, allegedly made James a contract offer around that time, which his partner in business Maverick Carter alleges James had framed and displayed in his office.
Despite all of this, it doesn’t seem like James is eager to give up his day job anytime soon. Recently, the 37-year-old said he intended to play with both of his boys, who are in high school.
Bryce, his eldest son, is just 15 years old. Bryce would only be eligible to play in the NBA four years from now, one season after graduating from high school, according to the league’s current rules. It would be a new record for James to play in his 24th NBA season.