Last week, it was announced that legendary wide receiver Chad Johnson (also known as Chad Ochocinco) was venturing into the world of boxing and would don the gloves for the first time on June 6, on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Logan Paul.
The presence of a former NFL player obviously hiked the interest of fans not just in the US, but also in Canada. Numerous Online Casino in CA had odds for this fight where Chad Johnson was the bookmakers favourite. Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) themselves have confirmed on Thursday that Johnson will make his debut as a pugilist against bare knuckle veteran Brian Maxwell at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida which saw Johnson’s final NFL appearance.
Chad Johnson’s boxing debut is against Brian Maxwell who is 0-3 in BKFC
A former mixed martial artist and boxer, Brian Maxwell has made three appearances in BKFC, but suffered defeats in all three occasions. He was knocked out by both Jared Warren and Uly Diaz and lost his third bare knuckle fight against Tee Cummins via unanimous decision.
“BKFC’s Brian Maxwell will be fighting Chad @ochocinco at @FloydMayweather vs. @LoganPaul card!” the official Twitter handle of BKFC announced.
Although it was previously announced that Johnson was most likely o face a non-boxer for the fight, like how most exhibition fights have been so far, the boxing promotion has announced that the former Cincinnati Bengals stalwart and six-time Pro Bowler will have his first taste of boxing against one experienced in the sport already.
However, it is still not confirmed that how long the match would be, but its speculated to be either a four or six round bout. Moreover, Johnson was approached by Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather’s manager to be added to the fight card.
After joining Miami Dolphins in 2012, Johnson took the next year off and in 2014, ventured into Canadian Football League and joined Montreal Alouettes on a two year long deal. In April 2017, he made a single appearance for Liga de Fútbol Americano Profesional de México side Monterrey Fundidores.
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Other than the Johnson vs Maxwell fight, 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 on 6th June will see fifteen times world champion Floyd Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) back in action after three and a half years as “Money” lock horns against YouTube sensation Logan Paul (0-1).