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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Former NFL All-Professional Chad Johnson was placed on the canvas in his boxing debut, however he did make it to the ultimate bell within the four-round exhibition.
The previous Cincinnati Bengals star confronted MMA fighter and bare-knuckle boxer Brian Maxwell in a cruiserweight bout at Laborious Rock Stadium that was featured on the prelims of Sunday’s Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul pay-per-view occasion at Laborious Rock Stadium. The particular guidelines matchup didn’t characteristic judges to declare a winner.
The 43-year-old Johnson was free and smiling within the early going, however the matchup turned extra intense as at wore on, culminating with a knockdown within the fourth spherical, courtesy of a Maxwell proper hand.
Nonetheless, Johnson did set up an efficient jab at instances, whereas additionally displaying extremely fast defensive footwork towards a person 10 years his junior. He slowed after the knockdown however was capable of keep away from Maxwell till the ultimate bell and keep away from any additional injury.
A Showtime Sports activities social media ballot revealed 62 % of voters thought had a rating been issued, Johnson had carried out sufficient to take residence the win.
Afterward, Johnson admitted his efficiency was “just a little sloppy” however mentioned he hoped the competition may function motivation for these watching at residence.
“My life has at all times been about taking possibilities and doing loopy stuff, and this is only one off my bucket checklist,” Johnson mentioned. “And it’s a message for lots of people on the market, man, which are content material, which are scared to fail, scared to lose, and don’t take possibilities. Man, get on the market and reside, man. Don’t be scared to fail. It’s OK.”