FB Mike Tolbert Using Boxing in His Offseason Workouts

Chargers fullback Mike Tolbert has incorporated boxing into his offseason workouts, reports Nick Canepa of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

“I’m naturally born aggressive,” Tolbert says. “Before this, I’d done some Jiu-Jitsu and taekwondo, but never strictly boxing. It’s rough; it’s the roughest workout I’ve had in my life. It’s a completely different type of animal. In the NFL, you’re like a tiger, but in boxing you’re a lion.”

According to Tolbert, workouts with David Soliven at Community Youth Athletic Center have helped him reduce his weight from 258 to 244 pounds and the conditioning should help him on the football field. While Baltimore Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski and Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards have resumed or started professional boxing careers during the lockout, Tolbert might need some more training before taking that next step.

“I’ve been caught with a few good punches,” says Tolbert. “I took a standing-8. I’ve been 8-counted. One of the SDPD guys. I threw a hook and he slipped in a body shot. I had trouble breathing for two or three minutes.”

The former undrafted free agent out of Coastal Carolina led the Chargers with 735 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground last season, and received a “Second Round” restricted free agent tender prior to the lockout. With three accrued seasons, that tender will likely remain when a new collective bargaining agreement is reached.

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