Chad Johnson vs. Brian Maxwell results: Ochocinco holds his own early, gets knocked down late
Chad Johnson held his own in his first boxing match.
The former NFL wide receiver showed off impressive footwork and even landed a few solid punches against Brian Maxwell early in the fight. But in the fourth and final round, Maxwell delivered a heavy right-handed shot for the fight’s lone knockdown. Both fighters went the distance, and because it was an exhibition match, no winner was declared.
Still, Johnson, after what will likely be the only fight of his career, came away confident in his ability.
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“I think I’m ready for [Conor] McGregor,” he joked after the fight.
Maxwell left the ring feeling as if he put himself on the map. He had gone 2-3 in MMA fights and was 0-3 in Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship matches before fighting Johnson.
“Ask the world who Brian Maxwell is now. Brian Maxwell is here,” he said.
Johnson, who trained with Jermell and Jermall Charlo, twin brothers who are a combined 65-1 in professional boxing, danced around the ring early and got in a strike. But after quieter second and third rounds, Maxwell wore down his idol, knocking him down with the hardest punch of the night.
Sporting News tracked live fight updates and round-by-round highlights from the Chad Johnson vs. Brian Maxwell fight. Read below for complete results from the 2021 boxing exhibition, which is part of the Floyd Mayweather-Logan Paul undercard.
8:37 p.m.: Final numbers: Johnson lands 4 of 10 jabs and 10 of 35 power punches for 14 of 45 hits total. Maxwell missed all 16 jab attempts but landed 17 of 52 power punches for 17 of 68 hits total.
8:34 p.m.: Maxwell had the only knockdown of the fight. Both fighters embrace after the end of the match.
8:33 p.m.: Johnson flexes on Maxwell right before Maxwell knocks him down.
8:33 p.m.: Both fighters have aggressive starts to the final round of this exhibition fight.
8:31 p.m.: Maxwell gets Johnson in the corner after starting fast in the round. Johnson is able to escape and runs out the clock.
8:28 p.m.: Maxwell ends the second round by mocking Johnson. Quiet round between the two.
8:25 p.m.: Johnson landed a few punches with Maxwell on the ropes near the end of the round.
8:24 p.m.: Johnson gets in a good punch from the southpaw stance. The former wide receiver is showing quick footwork moving around the ring.
8:19 p.m.: Maxwell is out in the ring. Johnson walking out now.
8:15 p.m.: “I’m nervous for Ocho, but he put in the work” — former NFL wide receiver Brandon Marshall on Showtime Boxing before the start of the fight.
7:58 p.m.: Hall of Fame wide receiver Terrell Owens is ready to watch his former teammate take on Brian Maxwell.
7:54 p.m.: Less than 10 minutes out from the start of the fight card.
The pay-per-view card will begin at 8 p.m. ET with the main event between Mayweather and Paul slated to start after 11 p.m. ET. Johnson vs. Maxwell will be one of the three undercard fights before Mayweather vs. Paul, so their fight will occur at some point in the 8-11 p.m. ET range.
Chad Johnson’s fight against Brian Maxwell will be aired on Showtime PPV and Fanmio on Sunday, June 6. It will be a part of the undercard for the main event fight between boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. and YouTuber-turned-boxer Logan Paul. The entire pay-per-view will cost $49.99.
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