There has been a rampant trend amongst sporting stars, YouTubers, and just about any celebrity who has ever done a boxercise class, to try their hand at either white collar boxing or professional boxing.
These individuals have been spurred on by the amounts of money made by the likes of Logan Paul and KSI, whose 2019 pay-per-view clash saw both men make millions.
Many professional boxers must wonder why anyone with little or no prior training would ever wish to set foot somewhere as dangerous as the squared circle, with most pro pugilists counting down the weeks till they have enough money in the bank to call it a day.
However, when boxers do hang their gloves up for the last time, that competitive spirit still burns in them. This often leads to them searching for new sporting outlets. Here are just some of the times boxers crossed over into other sports.
Boxers’ physical and mental attributes often give them a chance of making it in other sports
David Haye – Heavyweight World Champ to Poker Fish
The Hayemaker was a devastating boxer in his day, going down as one of the most dangerous punchers that the cruiserweight division has ever seen, before coming out victorious in a real-life David and Goliath match-up when he claimed the WBA Heavyweight World Title against the giant Russian, Nikolai Valuev.
It was this pedigree as an elite level competitor that had the Bermondsey Bomber believe he could take on all comers, not just as a fighter in the squared circle but as a poker competitor too, featuring in an Amazon Prime documentary aptly called, David vs. Goliath.
However, Haye’s foray into the world of poker ultimately ended up being a humbling experience, as he quickly realised the amount of time and dedication it takes for a pro poker player to rise to the summit of their respective field.
Other boxers have also tried their hand at Texas Hold ‘Em poker, with one of Haye’s former KO victims, Audley Harrison, being one of them. Although A-Force did not always bring his A-game to the boxing ring, the same cannot be said of his poker career, with him once cashing at a live event in Las Vegas for over $90,000 and boasting total live earnings of over $250,000.Embed from Getty Images
People from other sports are using boxing more and more to stay in shape and add variety to their training regimes
Manny Pacquiao – Not Letting His Height Deter Him
This Philipino legend is still going strong into his early forties, despite being a high-ranking politician as well as an elite level boxer.
Even though the Pacman only measures in at a diminutive 1.68m, he more than holds his own on a basketball court, regularly engaging in street games during his training camps.
Not content with just playing to a high standard, Pacquiao has also had a stint coaching the Kia Motors team in the PBA, the Philippines’ foremost basketball league.
In 2019 Pacquiao even told reporters that when he is done with fighting, he plans to turn his attention to basketball full time, in the capacity of owner of an NBA franchise. Watch this space!
Anthony Ogogo – Taking the Gloves Off but Still Fighting Hard
This former Olympian had the world at his feet as a boxer, signing a big deal with Golden Boy promotions and being touted as one of the next big stars of the sport.
Unfortunately for Ogogo he suffered a horrible eye injury, boxing on through the pain despite barely being able to see.
His unbeaten record in tatters, things got even worse as it was confirmed that his boxing career was over after multiple botched eye operations.
Although he is unable to box, Ogogo is somehow able to wrestle, and has since been signed up by pro wrestling outfit AEW. Still in his early thirties, and having the same drive and determination he has always had, do not be surprised if Ogogo becomes the next Rock or Stone Cold Steve Austin.