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Mavs’ Kristaps Porzingis turning to boxing, MMA to keep busy during coronavirus suspension

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Dallas Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis is a big fan of combat sports and he has been using the quarantine period to catch up on boxing and mixed martial arts.

Unable to return to his hometown of Latvia during the NBA suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Mavs’ 7-foot-3 big man bared that he’s been keeping himself physically active with boxing and some weightlifting in his own mini-gym.

“I try to do what I can. I have a little room with a lot of the stuff that I use to stay in shape. … I have a little weight room here, a bike and stuff so I can do some cardio and I do a little bit of boxing, I try to work on my boxing skills, too. … We don’t know when we’re going to restart everything so I’m just making sure I do the max I can to stay in shape and stay ready,” KP told TV play-by-play announcer Mark Followil in an Instagram live clip on Tuesday.

The Mavs’ forward-center also cited legendary boxer “Iron” Mike Tyson and UFC megastar Conor McGregor as some of the figures of the sport he looks up to the most.

Apart from keeping himself in shape, the first-year Mav also said he is keeping his mind sharp with books and instructional videos online.

“I’m trying to build up the patience to read. That’s been something that I’ve had trouble with, but I think I’m getting better [at] reading books. I love boxing, I’ve always been a big fan of boxing and martial arts, so I’m keeping myself entertained and doing a little bit of that myself here at home. Just little things that I like and I’m a YouTube guy, so I’m on YouTube just watching videos and learning new stuff. Like I said, just trying to keep myself busy,” he shared.

Prior to the suspension of games, Porzingis made a successful return from an ACL injury this season and was a big reason behind Dallas’ return to prominence. He notched 19.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks in 51 appearances.