Brandon Marshall, who holds the NFL record for most catches in a single game (21), hung up his cleats for good in 2018, finishing with 12,351 yards on 970 career receptions, the latter figure ranking 16th in league history. The 36-year-old has kept busy since his retirement, appearing on Fox Sports while also carving out time for a new hobby. Turns out, Marshall has taken a liking to boxing and, if you ask his mentor, former heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield, he’s pretty good at it.
“He’s intimidating. He’s a big guy,” said Holyfield, who recently hosted Marshall at his gym in Florida. “He’s got good range.”
The six-time Pro Bowler was among the most physically imposing receivers in football during his NFL heyday, overpowering opponents with his 6’4,” 230-pound frame. It’s unclear if Marshall is plotting a second career as a professional boxer or merely staying active to ward off the weight gain former athletes are prone to in their post-playing days. But if he decides to box competitively, Holyfield believes Marshall could be successful in that endeavor.
“He looks good, balance-wise,” Holyfield spilled to TMZ. “He looks like he could be a good fighter.”
In terms of his technique, Holyfield feels Marshall most resembles Deontay Wilder, who had been undefeated up until his recent loss to Tyson Fury in the WBC Heavyweight Championship. Wilder was billed at 6’7” and 231 pounds for that fight.
“He’s pretty much got the same reach as the heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder,” said Holyfield. “He’s got those big arms.”
Even for an athletic specimen of Marshall’s elite caliber, transitioning from the gridiron to the ring would be a monumental leap. We saw how former NBA star Nate Robinson fared in his boxing debut against social-media influencer Jake Paul (spoiler: not well). But Marshall must have skills if he can impress a world-class fighter like Holyfield.