Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship in talks with NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal

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Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship boss David Feldman has revealed he is in advanced talks with former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal.

But the BKFC chief is not trying to tempt the 7ft 1ins basketball legend into the ring.

Instead, Feldman is in negotiations with the four-time NBA champion over an investment deal in his bareknuckle boxing franchise.

O'Neal previously called BKFC "the future of fighting" after watched from ringside at KnuckleMania event in February.

Feldman said last month that he had started talking to O'Neal about investment, and has now said they are working on a deal.

"I've gotten to know him a little bit and he's a good dude," Feldman told Business Insider.

"If something can happen, and I hope it does because not only do we want money and popularity, obviously, but we want to do business with people who are really good people. And he's just a great person. He really is.

"If that deal comes to fruition, which I think it will, it will be a tremendous thing. And then we have some other names who are in the mix."

Earlier this month, O’Neal was 'knocked out' after being forced through a table as he took part in his first competitive wrestling match with All Elite Wrestling.

The 48-year-old, who starred for Los Angeles Lakers between 1996 and 2004, took on Cody Rhodes – and it ended in shocking fashion.

He had teamed up with Jade Cargill in a mixed tag-team against Rhodes and Red Velvet, and he was well in the match until he was sent flying out of the ring.

O’Neal appeared to be out cold after being speared through a wooden table, and was subsequently carried on a stretcher into a prop ambulance.

Former UFC star Paige VanZant also recently made her BKFC debut, which ended in defeat to Britain Hart, and has since teased a return to the ring.

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