Chad Johnson’s Boxing Debut: Why Former NFL Star Says Fighting “One-Time”
Chad Johnson is expected to make his boxing debut on Sunday when he steps into the ring against Brian Maxwell.
As part of the Floyd Mayweather undercard against Logan Paul, Johnson or Maxwell will get the first victory of their respective boxing careers. Johnson has not fought to date as Maxwell posts a 0-3 record as a boxer, despite being 2-3 years old as an MMA fighter.
But why is the former NFL star fighting? Of course, it’s not for monetary gain, as the former Bengal has done a lot during his NFL career to keep him alive.
Instead, Johnson is just hoping to keep people entertained as he seeks to defend himself against a professional fighter.
“My goal is to get out alive. I want my face to stay intact. I want my kids to always know it’s me. But I want to entertain. I don’t want to embarrass those who devote their time and energy to it. “, he added. Johnson said, by ESPN. “People who buy tickets, people who show up, I want them to go away and say, ‘I doubted Ocho, but seeing him step into the ring knowing someone tried to kill [him]. He put on a hell of a show. ‘”
However, despite his love for boxing, Johnson only treats this show as a one-time event.
“It’s a unique thing,” Johnson said of his exhibit, by SB country. “I’ve done some crazy things in life, and it’s something to add and cross off the to-do list. I come there for fun and entertainment.
Granted, this is something Johnson has been good at during his career. With the Bengals, he used the nickname Ochocinco before changing his last name later in his career. Johnson was known as a fun-loving player whose antics on the pitch delighted fans.
Now he is hopeful that this continues in the ring, although he didn’t think he would ever get involved in a boxing match.
“I never thought of getting in the ring,” Johnson said. “I never thought there would be an opportunity to do it. But I love boxing. I am friends with all boxers because I love and study all of this.
“I didn’t expect something like this to happen. When Floyd called, the first thing I wanted to know was how long I had to prepare. Once I knew I had enough time to be like myself in there, I knew I could be successful.
And Johnson has done a serious job of making sure he does his best in his match with Maxwell. He’s been training with boxing champions Jermall and Jermell Charlo to help prepare him, and while it’s been a tough job, Johnson believes he’s in a good position to at least participate in this fight.
“They’re here fucking me in the ring. It’s upsetting,” Johnson said. “It’s a good job, though. The only thing that saves me with them is my athleticism and my ability to want to survive. Take what I’ve learned over the years and try to execute it on the ring while the pressure is applied. It was cool and enjoyable. It was a great learning experience for something I’m going to be doing on June 6th, and what better people to learn than the best of the best. “
We’ll soon see how much of Johnson’s training continues in the ring. Learning from the best will surely help him.
But he only has one chance to get it right.