Former Cincinnati Bengals star Chad Johnson has lengthy been out of the sporting world’s highlight, enjoying his final recreation for the New England Patriots in 2011, however now at 43, he’s set to make a boxing debut of kinds, taking part in an exhibition on the Floyd Mayweather-Logan Paul card on Sunday, June 6.
Johnson will face Brian Maxwell, a 33-year-old southpaw with an 0-3 boxing report, and in addition 2-2 in blended martial arts. It gained’t be a sanctioned, actual combat, and whereas not saying that explicitly, Johnson — like Mayweather for his exhibition with Paul — is placing the emphasis on leisure. He additionally says he has no plans for boxing past this.
“It is a one-time factor,” mentioned Johnson. “I’ve performed some loopy issues in life, and that is one so as to add and scratch off the bucket listing. I’m coming in there to have enjoyable and entertain.”
It’s no joke in any respect that in his prime, Johnson was a world-class athlete, and can be a official fan of boxing with connections within the recreation.
“I by no means considered stepping within the ring,” he mentioned. “I by no means thought there could be a possibility to take action. However I like boxing. I’m mates with each boxer on the market as a result of I like and research all of it.
“I didn’t anticipate something like this to occur. When Floyd referred to as, the very first thing I needed to know was how a lot time I needed to put together. As soon as I knew that I had sufficient time that I may seem like myself in there, I knew I may pull it off.”
Johnson additionally isn’t pretending to be any elite fighter, however did examine himself to a reputation hardcore followers will keep in mind nicely for his distinctive, awkward strategy.
“I’m transitioning that aptitude you noticed from me on the soccer area all into this sport,” mentioned Johnson. “To me, my model is like Emanuel Augustus. As soon as I acquired these primary fundamentals all the way down to a tee, I may add that trickery to my recreation.”