They are two beloved athletes from two different professional sports teams, but Russell Wilson and Damian Lillard share one passion in common: boxing.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson gave fans a glimpse of his offseason training on “Workout Wednesday,” and it includes a sweat sesh in the boxing ring.
His wife, Ciara, who is pregnant with their second child together, put on the boxing gloves too.
"Training with my lady," Wilson said in a post. "We will whoop dat.”
Like Wilson, Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has taken his talents to the boxing gym to help him develop skills that can be translated on the court.
“Outside [of] hoop[s], no sport I’m a bigger fan of than boxing,” Lillard said on his Instagram.
Perhaps there’s something to players like Wilson and Lillard using boxing to cap off their conditioning workouts.
Wilson was named to the Pro Bowl for the seventh time in 2019 and received second-team All-Pro honors for the first time in his career. He helped lead his Seahawks a 11-5 record and a trip to the Divisional Round, where Seattle eventually fell to Green Bay 28-23 in the playoffs.
Lillard is coming off an impressive 2018-19 season, where the Trail Blazers advanced to the Western Conference Finals for the first time. The Trail Blazers star was recently named to his fifth All-Star game but was unable to participate due to an injured groin. He is expected to return to the court on Wednesday and hopes to lead Portland to another trip to the postseason.
While neither Lillard nor Wilson look like the next Muhammad Ali, the training regime has helped them stay on top of their game, and we wouldn't want to throw our hat in the ring against either one of them.