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Charles Oakley wants to box Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley: "I got pretty good hands"

If the right opportunity presents itself, Charles Oakley wouldn't mind squaring up against either of the two Hall of Famers
Charles Oakley wants to box Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley

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No one wanted to mess with Shaquille O'Neal. Very few wanted a piece of Charles Barkley. But at some point in his career, Charles Oakley got into it with both of them. And nearing his 60s, he'd do it again.

The Last Enforcer

Oak, known as the NBA's "last enforcer," is one of the toughest guys the league has ever seen. As the ultimate "you'd love to have him on your team, but hate to play against him" type of player, he was the epitome of on-court altercations. And some of them got ugly.

The only way you'll see a fight like that, back in the 80s and 90s, you gonna have to google it.

Charles Oakley, Club Shay Shay

Today, almost two decades removed from his retirement, Oakley would like to add to that search results page. The last time he did it was in 2017 when Oak hit and shove an MSG security member, resulting in an indefinite ban from the arena. 

This time, Charles wants the environment to be more controlled. And he wants one of the aforementioned NBA legends on the other side of the ring.

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If the right opportunity presents itself, Oakley wouldn't mind being the next to do it. And he knows exactly who he would square up against.

"I know he's about 75 pounds heavy I'll take him," Oak said about fighting O'Neal. "I got pretty good hands. I'm gonna be moving though, so. But it'll be fun, I would definitely do that with the "NBA x" player. I still got the little bob and weave in me."

Oak and O'Neal had their fair share of on-court pushing and shoving. But things never escalated. The same can't be said about Oakley and Barkley, as the two were involved in many in-game brawls.

Would any of the TNT NBA analysts be willing to do it again, this time in a boxing ring? I doubt it. So we'll have to settle for the old-school footage of each of them throwing hands while still playing. Trust me, it'll do.

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