Former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Chad Johnson’s boxing debut was a roller coaster Sunday that ended with him standing on his feet.
Johnson, 43, survived a knockdown in the final round after largely controlling the action against Brian Maxwell in a four-round exhibition that started Floyd Mayweather-Logan Paul pay-per-view card inside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens , Florida.
As an exhibition match with two minute rounds, no judges were awarded and no winner was announced.
The man formerly known as “Ochocinco,” a six-time Pro Bowler who last played in the NFL in 2012, had the clear height advantage in this battle of the Southpaws, keeping Maxwell away with his jab and the threat of his left cross. But he did not receive much opposition from the 33-year-old Virginia native until a huge increase in round 4.
“I was having fun. I had two months to get ready for this,” Johnson said. “Thank God, thank you Floyd Mayweather and thank you Brian. My life has always been about taking chances and doing crazy things. This was just one of my bucket lists, and it’s a message to people to get out. there and live and do not be afraid to fail. That’s OK. “
Although this was his debut in the ring, Johnson has not been a stranger to boxing training throughout his NFL career and appeared to be in a huge female after weighing 179.5 pounds. He landed a counter to the left to control the opening round and did well to avoid trouble by using his quick footwork to circulate away and even clown Maxwell.
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But given Johnson’s lack of consistent head movement, it felt like a knockdown could come if Maxwell only came close enough. In the first three rounds, he barely tried. A late climb finally found success when a winged left hand from Maxwell floored and beaded too hard to hurt Johnson. The former NFL star got up and originally gave birth around when the action restarted. He was exhausted and unstable. Again, an equally tired Maxwell left him off the hook and Johnson ended the fight.
“Ask the world who Brian Maxwell is now?” Said Maxwell. “Brian Maxwell is here.”
Maxwell outland Johnson, 17 to 14, according to CompuBox. Maxwell has a 0-1 record as a pro boxer and is 0-3 in just a knockout battle.