Two-time NBA champion Lamar Odom showed off his boxing skills on Friday night in an Official Celebrity Boxing event at the Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey(Streamed live on Fite.TV) against singer Aaron Carter.
The 6-10, 239-pound Odom used his height to beat up and beat down the 6-0, 175-pound Carter to win by second-round TKO.
After a flurry by Carter in Round 1, which Odom was able to withstand, the former Laker star took control from there. He would drop Carter in the first and second round before referee, former MMA star Chuck Liddell, put a stop to the action after Carter called it quits in Round 2.
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Odom-Carter was fun for as long as it lasted. While it may not have been very technically sound, fight fans got to see what they love, which are knockdowns and knockouts.
Both Odom and Carter have had their share of issues over the years, so to see both guys in what appears to be a good place is a good thing.
Gervonta “Tank” Davis(24-0, 23 KOs) will have a big test on June 26 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta when he battles WBA(regular) 140-pound champion Mario Barrios(26-0, 17 KOs).
The 26-year-old Davis, who defeated Leo Santa Cruz at 130 pounds in October, will fight at the 140-pound limit for the first time in his career.
With the 26-year-old Barrios being the bigger guy, the thought is he is the bigger puncher, but according to Davis, no one will know that until they get into the ring. However, Davis doesn’t think power will matter; he believes it will come down to who has the most skills.
“We can’t say who the bigger puncher is until we get in that ring and test his power,” Davis said at his media workout on Wednesday. “It doesn’t matter who is stronger; I want to be better than him across the board and in every aspect of the game.
“People who are here in the gym with me see a lot of things that I don’t need to bring out, even in my fights. Floyd(Mayweather) is always telling me to box and use my skills and don’t always look for the knockout. This camp, we’ve actually been working on getting back to that and letting the knockout come.”
The Baltimore native said he took a few things from his promoter, Floyd Mayweather, who fought the bigger man in Logan Paul last Sunday in Miami.
“My last fight people complained that Leo Santa Cruz was too small, so I’m basically going out there and showing that a size difference doesn’t matter,” Davis said. “I’m going to beat whoever they put in front of me. I’m trying to chase greatness.
“I’m definitely looking to walk down the bigger guy. He might feel like he can walk me down. I was definitely watching Floyd fight a much bigger guy in Logan Paul and taking a few pointers from it.”
It should be interesting to see if Davis’ power will travel with him to 140 pounds. If it does, he might stay at that weight class for good.
The pay-per-view telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will feature a battle of two top 154-pound contenders as Erickson “Hammer” Lubin faces former unified champion, Jeison Rosario, in a WBC Super Welterweight Title Eliminator in the co-main event.
Former unified super welterweight champion Julian “J-Rock” Williams returns to the ring to take on Brian Mendoza in a 10-round showdown and hard-hitting Olympian Batyr Akhmedov steps in against former world champion Argenis Mendez in a 12-round WBA Super Lightweight Title Eliminator to kick off the pay-per-view telecast.
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Unbeaten WBC Middleweight World Champion Jermall Charlo and hard-hitting challenger Juan Macías Montiel previewed their upcoming showdown during a virtual press conference Wednesday, as they near their matchup that headlines action live on SHOWTIME on Saturday, June 19 in a Premier Boxing Champions event from Toyota Center in Houston.
Charlo has established himself as a force in two divisions and will seek to thrill his hometown crowd against Mexico’s Montiel, in a first-of-its-kind Juneteenth Day boxing celebration. Charlo will fight in Houston for the fourth time as a pro and look to keep his undefeated record intact against the upset-minded Montiel.
Here is what Charlo had to say on Wednesday:
“This is going to be fireworks. This is going to be a fight. I come to put on a good show in front of my city. Get ready to tune in. This is going down, all the way down. There’s no way I’m letting Montiel take anything from me.
“There’s no pressure for me. I’m a fighter and pro at what I do. It’s my legacy on the line. So no matter what, I have to continue to be great. I have the best trainer in the world in Ronnie Shields and I’m so ready for this fight.
“I know Montiel is going to bring a strong challenge and try to knock me out. You put the pressure on yourself that way though. Normally when people talk trash, I lay them out. I’m going to be prepared. My mental has matched up with my physical ability and I’m stronger than ever.
“Montiel is a pressure fighter who fights from both stances. He’s strong with both hands and he’s going to try to fight fire with fire.
“When you’re the world champion, everyone wants to beat you. It doesn’t matter who they put in front of you, because they’re all training their hardest. He’s going to be in shape, but I’m going to be just as fast, strong and smart. My title is on the line, so I have to defend it.
“Bring on the power. I want the power. He better be as strong as he’s talking. I want to feel the power. I’ll show you what I do with the power.
“I’m enjoying my life. I’m enjoying being the best Jermall Charlo I can be. I enjoy the competition that they give me. I’m never okay or satisfied with being where I’m at. He’s going to see on June 19 that Jermall Charlo is for real.
“I’m making 160-pounds perfectly right now. I’m not finished at 160-pounds. There are bigger fights ahead of me though. No matter what happens, those bigger fights are coming. Right now, I’ve got something for Montiel.
“I’m giving you the best Jermall Charlo that I can give you. Montiel is going to come forward and give me some power. I’m going to put it in my pocket and charge my phone with it. You’re going to see a great night of boxing on June 19.
“I get a chance to fight for my community and my people on June 19. It’s going to be an amazing night of boxing. Everyone who stands up for me, I get to stand back up for them.”
Floyd Mayweather and social media sensation Logan “The Maverick” Paul fought to the distance in their eight-round special exhibition bout Sunday night that headlined a SHOWTIME PPV from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
Not much drama in this fight, but hey, it probably does not matter when you’re as famous as Mayweather and Paul.
Despite Paul’s lack of experienced, Mayweather was impressed by what he saw out of the Youtube star.
“He was strong, tough, and better than I thought he was,” said Mayweather. “I was surprised by him tonight. That was some good little work.”
The 44-year-old Mayweather displayed his typical patient and clinical boxing style, feeling out Paul in the opening round before allowing Paul to come forward with a flurry of power shots at the end of the round that was mostly blocked. Mayweather began to find a spot to land numerous power shots on Paul’s head and body as the fight wore on.
At times, Paul used his over 30-pound weight advantage to frequently tie Mayweather up, which also impressed Mayweather.
“Even without much experience, he knew to use his weight to tie me up tonight,” said Mayweather.
After the fight, the fighters expressed gratitude and inspiration to the fans who have helped them reach the tremendous heights that allowed this match to become a reality.
“I had fun tonight,” said Mayweather. “I thank all the fans who came out; you’re all unbelievable.”
“I don’t want anyone to tell me anything is impossible ever again,” said Paul. “The fact that I got in here with one of the greatest boxers of all time, it proves the odds can be beat. Anyone can beat the odds and do great things in life. This is one of the greatest nights of my life; I’m happy.”
This was easy money for Mayweather, and if the easy money is out there, why not try to get it again, so don’t be surprised if we see more of Mayweather in these exhibition bouts.
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In the opening bout of the Mayweather-Paul pay-per-view, former NFL star Chad Johnson made his boxing debut in an exhibition that went the four-round distance against pro fighter Brian Maxwell.
“I had fun,” said Johnson. “I had two months to get ready for this, and I want to thank God for keeping us safe out there. I want to thank Floyd, Leonard Ellerbe, and my whole team for allowing me to check this off my bucket list.”
The 43-year-old Johnson ran into a bit of adversity in the fourth round. Maxwell landed a counter overhand right that connected and put Johnson onto the canvas with 40 seconds left in the round.
Johnson was able to recover from the shot and made it to the final bell.
In the post-fight interview, Johnson expressed hope that his venture into the ring will serve as a positive example for those watching.
“My life has always been about taking chances and doing crazy stuff, and this is just another one off my bucket list,” said Johnson. “It’s a message for a lot of people who are scared to fail, scared to lose, scared to take chances to go out there and live. Don’t be scared to fail; it’s okay. I don’t box. I fight, but it ain’t in the ring, so of course, I was a little sloppy.”
Johnson did not look too bad in this fight. Now, you can’t play boxing, and it’s a hazardous sport, so let’s hope this is a one-and-done situation for Johnson. In the end, it’s good to see him walk out of the ring healthy.
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Fighters competing on the Mayweather-Paul SHOWTIME PPV undercard previewed their respective showdowns during a final press conference Friday before entering the ring this Sunday, June 6, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
Also participating in the press conference was former NFL star Chad Johnson, who will battle Bare Knuckle Boxing’s Brian Maxwell in an exhibition bout.
Throughout his 11-year NFL career, Johnson used boxing to prepare for football, and as he prepares to step in the ring with Maxwell, Johnson expects to be a little nervous on fight night.
“I’ve been using boxing to prepare for football throughout the years, but I’ve never done it to this magnitude,” Johnson said. “To prepare for an actual fight is something new. I’m facing a guy who does this for a living, so I’m not taking this lightly at all.
“I was always nervous before every kickoff. So I’d be a fool to say I’m not nervous going into something where I’m out of my element.”
Johnson has entertained on and off the field, and he expects to put on a show for the fans.
“One thing I’m extremely good at is when there’s lights, cameras, and a crowd is going in there and entertaining,” Johnson said.
To get ready for the Maxwell, the six-time Pro Bowler has been working with some of the top guys in combat sports, including the Charlo Brothers and Jorge Masvidal, and he hopes that will help him on Sunday night.
“I’ve been working with Jorge Masvidal a little bit, but the last few weeks have been in Houston with Jermall and Jermell Charlo,” he said. “That’s where most of my work has been. I’ve been doing everything possible to make sure I look the part Sunday night.
“I’m out of my element, so of course, I’m approaching this fight humbly. He’s coming to knock my head off. Football is something I did all my life; that’s why I walked the way I did. I can’t be arrogant and take this fight lightly.”
You can’t play boxing. However, this is an exhibition, so no one will get seriously hurt, but it should be interesting to see how Johnson looks in the ring against Maxwell.
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Two-division world champion Badou Jack will face undefeated Dervin Colina in a 10-round light heavyweight bout that serves as the Mayweather vs. Paul SHOWTIME PPV co-main event this Sunday, June 6 from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
Colina replaces Jean Pascal, who was originally slated to face Jack before failing a pre-fight drug test.
The pay-per-view telecast will begin live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and will feature former unified 154-pound champion “Swift” Jarrett Hurd taking on Luis Arias in a 10-round showdown, plus former NFL star wide receiver Chad Johnson will make his boxing debut in an exhibition match against versatile fighter Brian Maxwell.
Born in Stockholm, Jack (22-3-3, 13 KOs), who represented his father’s home country of Gambia in the 2008 Olympics, now lives in Las Vegas. Jack won the 168-pound world title with a majority decision against Anthony Dirrell in 2015 and successfully defended the belt three times before being handed a hard-fought majority draw against James DeGale in one of 2017’s best fights. In his first bout at 175 pounds, Jack stopped Nathan Cleverly to pick up the WBA light heavyweight title before fighting to a majority draw against then WBC champion Adonis Stevenson in May 2018. After dropping a narrow fight to Pascal in 2019, Jack’s most recent outing saw him earn a unanimous decision over Blake McKernan in November 2020.
The 33-year-old Colina (15-0, 13 KOs) lives in Medellin, Colombia, and is a native of Venezuela. He steps in on short notice to make his United States debut against Jack. Colina has competed at both super middleweight and light heavyweight in recent years and is riding a six-fight knockout streak into June 6. Colina has been training with renowned coach Stacy McKinley for the last two months in Pompano Beach, Florida.
Social media sensation Logan “The Maverick” Paul showed off his skills during a media workout Wednesday at the historic 5th Street Gym in Miami as he nears his special exhibition showdown against all-time great Floyd “Money” Mayweather headlining a SHOWTIME PPV this Sunday, June 6 from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
The pay-per-view telecast begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and pits superstars from two different worlds in a must-see showdown for sports and entertainment fans around the globe.
Here is what Paul had to say Wednesday in Miami:
“This whole thing is surreal. Everything about it. I told my manager and we kind of had an inside joke that until I get in the ring with him, I didn’t think this fight was happening. But I think it’s safe to say that I can believe it now. I think it’s happening. It’s fight week. I can’t imagine Floyd would back out now, but who knows? Old man fakes an injury. Gets scared of the big kid. I’m excited.
“Weight is great and we’re about at 195. Energy is great and I feel strong, fast, sharp. I have no complaints. This is the best shape I’ve ever been in. And I need to be because it’s an eight-round fight. It’s the longest fight I’ve ever fought. So I have to be ready.”
On working out at the historic 5th Street Gym:
“There are greats who’ve fought in here. You have to put respect where respect is due. I just want to come in here and work my ass off. It’s such an honor to be in the presence of such great people in such a historic environment.”
Why this fight will be different than Conor McGregor or Canelo Alvarez against Mayweather:
“I’m just not them. I’m not going in there at 155 pounds. I’m not going in there with the fight meaning the entire world to me. I have nothing to lose. This whole thing is going to be fun for me. I’m going to play with Floyd – gonna dog him and hit him hard. I’m going to break him down physically, mentally, everything. I don’t like comparing myself to other guys. As great as they might be, I’m not them.”
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