Chad Johnson is about to make his boxing debut on Sunday when he steps into the ring towards Brian Maxwell.
As part of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul undercard, both Johnson or Maxwell will get the primary win of their respective boxing careers. Johnson hasn’t fought to this point whereas Maxwell sports activities an 0-3 file as a boxer, although he’s 2-3 as an MMA fighter.
However why is the previous NFL star combating? Positive, it is not for financial functions, as the previous Bengal made loads throughout his NFL profession to maintain him going.
As a substitute, Johnson is simply hoping to entertain people as he appears to be like to carry his personal towards knowledgeable fighter.
“My purpose is to get out alive. I would like my face nonetheless intact. I would like my children to nonetheless know it is me. However I need to entertain. I do not need to embarrass those that put the time and power into me,” Johnson mentioned, per ESPN. “People who find themselves shopping for tickets, individuals which might be displaying up, I would like them to depart and say, ‘I doubted Ocho, however to see him get within the ring, realizing that somebody tried to kill [him]. He placed on one hell of a f—ing present.'”
Nonetheless, regardless of his love for boxing, Johnson is just treating this exhibition as a one-time occasion.
“This can be a one-time factor,” Johnson mentioned of his exhibition, per SB Nation. “I’ve carried out some loopy issues in life, and that is one so as to add and scratch off the bucket record. I’m coming in there to have enjoyable and entertain.”
Definitely, that is one thing that Johnson has been good at throughout his profession. With the Bengals, he sported the nickname of Ochocinco earlier than altering his final title to that later in his profession. Johnson was often called a fun-loving participant whose on-field antics delighted followers.
Now, he is hoping that can carry over into the ring, although he did not suppose that he would ever be concerned in a boxing match.
“I by no means considered stepping within the ring,” Johnson mentioned. “I by no means thought there can be a possibility to take action. However I like boxing. I’m buddies 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 known as, the very first thing I wished 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 appear to be myself in there, I knew I may pull it off.”
And Johnson has been placing in some critical work to make it possible for he does put his greatest foot ahead in his match with Maxwell. He has been coaching with boxing champions Jermall and Jermell Charlo to assist him put together, and whereas the work has been exhausting, Johnson thinks that he is in a very good place to not less than compete on this combat.
“They’re down right here f—ing me up within the ring. It is upsetting,” Johnson mentioned. “It is good work, although. The one factor that’s saving me with them is my athleticism and my skill to need to survive. Taking what I’ve realized all through the years and making an attempt to execute it within the ring whereas stress is being utilized. It has been cool and pleasing. It has been a fantastic studying expertise for one thing I will do on June 6, and what higher individuals to be taught from than the perfect of the perfect.”
We’ll quickly see how a lot of Johnson’s coaching carries over into the ring. Studying from the perfect will certainly assist him.
However he solely has one likelihood to get this proper.