Klay Thompson shows boxing skills

Klay Thompson showing boxing skills to Donaire – Photo from TMZ

Is Klay Thompson ready to hang up his basketball sneakers and replace it with boxing gloves? Not quite, but the Golden State Warriors shooting guard was recently spotted alongside World Boxing Organization (WBO) Junior Featherweight titlist Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire at Top Golf in Las Vegas. With his boxing gloves on, Thompson showed his jabbing form while the Filipino-American pugilist let out some instructions and of course, his hand as mitts for the 2-time NBA All-Star.

“When he punches, he’s like he’s shooting. It has to be great, it has to be finessed, it has to be perfect,” said Donaire in a separate interview. He then added that Thompson “has perfection in his movements”, and that “when he moves, when he throws his punches, everything has to be coordinated with his legs, hips and shoulders…”

But does Klay really have what it takes to be a champ in the boxing ring?

Donaire admitted that although Thompson has great form “movement-wise”, Klay needs to be “committed” when he punches. For now, Donaire is open to teach him the fundamentals of boxing. To play 82 games in the NBA is no laughing matter. Players need to be physically fit in order to survive their grueling schedule and be in tiptop shape once the season begins. Thompson is no exception: last season the Warriors broke the seemingly invincible record of Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls when they finished the regular season with a stellar 73-9 record, only to fall against LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals, 4-3.

If Thompson, together with fellow Splash Brother Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and new acquisition Kevin Durant, wants to regain their championship form this season, then they’ll have to work it out and take advantage of their free time. Boxing is one sport that could elevate one’s endurance, stamina, reflexes and physical prowess, and seeing someone like Thompson to engage in the sport will just mean that he’s ready for another title run. Who knows, maybe he’ll break more records this season and maybe give the Warriors another trophy.

As for Donaire, he is set to face Mexican-American slugger Jesse Magdaleno in the undercard of the upcoming bout between Manny Pacquiao and Jesse Vargas on November 5th in Las Vegas. According to Top Rank Boxing Chief Executive Officer Bob Arum, Donaire (37-3, 24 KOs) will possibly defend his WBO Super Banatamweight belt against the 24-year old Magdaleno, who boasts an undefeated professional record of 23-0, 17 of which coming by way of knockout.
“The Filipino Flash” was successful in his first title defense when he knocked out Zsolt Bedak in the third round last April, while Magdaleno finished his latest opponent, Filipino boxer Rey Perez in seven rounds back in February

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