Chad Johnson will face a winless opponent in his boxing debut June 6 on the Floyd Mayweather-Logan Paul undercard.
The 43-year-old Johnson, a six-time Professional Bowl vast receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals, will battle Brian Maxwell in a cruiserweight exhibition subsequent month at Exhausting Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Naked Knuckle Combating Championships introduced on its Twitter web page Thursday afternoon that Maxwell will oppose Johnson as a part of this Showtime Pay-Per-View occasion.
The 33-year-old Maxwell’s previous three fights have been BKFC bouts. The Roanoke, Virginia, resident is 0-3 in BKFC fights and 0-1 in skilled boxing matches.
Maxwell was stopped within the second spherical of his professional boxing debut by Gaspard Pierre (2-0, 2 KOs, 1 NC) on February 20 in Miami. He has been overwhelmed by technical knockout in two of his three BKFC contests.
Maxwell additionally has gone 2-3 in skilled blended martial arts matches.
The addition of Johnson to the Mayweather-Paul undercard ought to deliver much more mainstream consideration to the occasion. Johnson, who legally modified his final identify to Ochocinco in 2008, was a polarizing participant all through his 12-year NFL profession, has appeared on “Dancing With the Stars” and remained within the limelight after he retired from soccer.
The opposite two fights on the Showtime Pay-Per-View portion of the Mayweather-Paul undercard are authentic boxing matches.
Within the co-feature, Jean Pascal and Badou Jack will meet in a 12-round rematch for Pascal’s WBA world gentle heavyweight title.
Quebec’s Pascal (35-6-1, 20 KOs, 1 NC) barely beat Jack (23-3-3, 13 KOs) by cut up resolution of their 12-round bout in December 2019 at State Farm Enviornment in Atlanta. Pascal dropped Jack within the fourth spherical and obtained up from a Twelfth-round knockdown to defeat Sweden’s Jack on two of three scorecards (114-112, 114-112, 112-114).
Former IBF/IBO/WBA 154-pound champ Jarrett Hurd (24-1, 16 KOs), of Accokeek, Maryland, and Luis Arias (18-2-1, 9 KOs), of Boca Raton, Florida, additionally will sq. off in a junior middleweight match on the Mayweather-Paul undercard.
Keith Idec is a senior author/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He could be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.