Former Cincinnati Bengals stalwart and six-time Pro Bowler Chad Johnson aka Chad Ochocinco is set to don the sparring gloves as the NFL legend will be making his exhibition boxing debut on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Logan Paul on 6th June at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.
Chad Johnson himself revealed the news on Monday on the “I AM ATHLETE” podcast alongside former NFL icons such as Brandon Marshall, Channing Crowder and Fred Taylor. It was further confirmed by Mayweather’s promotion team to ESPN.
Chad Johnson was approached by Mayweather’s manager for the fight
The fight is expected to be either a four or six round fight and although Johnson’s opponent for his debut as a pugilist is not yet decided, its likely that the 43-year-old will be sparring against another athlete or celebrity rather than a professional boxer.
“Everything in life I’m good at outside of golf,” Johnson said on the podcast, “June 6, ‘Sweet Feet Johnson’ is going to go in there and do what I do best.”
A former wide receiver who was a Bengals player from his debut NFL season in 2001 until 2010, Johnson is an avid combat sports fan and trained at Mayweather’s boxing club during the offseasons of his pro football career for years.
To make his exhibition boxing debut, Johnson was approached by none other than Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather’s manager to be added to the fight card which goes back to the Hard Rock Stadium, where the WR made his last NFL appearance.
After a short sting with the Miami Dolphins in 2012, Johnson took a year off and in 2014, joined Canadian Football League, signing a two year long deal with the Montreal Alouettes. In April 2017, he played one match for Liga de Fútbol Americano Profesional de México side Monterrey Fundidores.
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Alongside Johnson, the Mayweather vs Paul card is also expected to see a WBA regular lightweight title fight between Badou Jack and Jean Pascal on the undercard, as well as Jarrett Hurd’s comeback fight against Luis Arias.
The main card will feature fifteen times world champion Floyd Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs), returning to the ring three and a half years after his last pro bout against Conor McGregor, as “Money” lock horns against YouTube sensation Logan Paul (0-1), who lost to fellow YouTuber KSI in his only boxing match so far.