Charles Barkley never stood down from anyone in the league and was often targeted by other players in various situations. Even though being named Sir Charles, Barkley had numerous fights during his long and successful NBA career and some are more iconic than the others. He was always portrayed as someone incredibly tough but also someone who tends to lose his nervous incredibly fast.
We all remember when he fought Shaquille O’Neal later in his career while playing for the Houston Rockets. Barkley wasn’t having any respect for Shaq and initiated the fight after hitting him with a basketball. Of course, Shaq responded and they both got tangled up and on the floor.
In an interview he did on the Dan Patrick Show, Barkley said Shaq doesn’t know how to fight despite being an incredibly big person. Obviously, Shaq and Charles are good friends and colleagues nowadays but Charles explained what is the best way to fight Shaq according to his own personal experience.
“Come on man, have you ever seen a guy fight. Have you ever seen him win a fight? Shaq can’t fight to live. I hit him into that big old gut because I can’t reach his big head. So I hit him in the gut which brought him down and then when he came down I clock him”