Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson is set to throw his first punches in the boxing ring.
Johnson will be making his boxing debut — and likely fighting in the only match of his career — when he faces bare-knuckle boxer Brian Maxwell on Sunday.
While Johnson has the more recognized name, Maxwell is the more experienced fighter. Maxwell has gone 2-3 in MMA fights and went 0-3 in Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship matches.
But Johnson has been working to get himself in shape for this fight. Along with boxing during football offseasons, Johnson has been training with Jermell and Jermall Charlo, twin brothers who are a combined 65-1 in professional boxing, and has adopted a new diet to prepare for the bout.
Sporting News is tracking live fight updates and round-by-round highlights from the Chad Johnson vs. Brian Maxwell fight. Follow below for complete results from the 2021 boxing exhibition, which is part of the Floyd Mayweather-Logan Paul undercard.
Chad Johnson vs. Brian Maxwell live updates, highlights
8:37 p.m.: Final numbers: Johnson lands 4-of-10 jabs, 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 coming out with a fast start to the round. Johnson able to escape out and runs the clock out.
8:28 p.m.: Maxwell ends the second round by mocking Johnson. Quiet round between the two sides.
8:25 p.m.: Johnson landed a few punches with Maxwell on the ropes near the end of the first round.
8:24 p.m.: Johnson gets in a good punch from the southpaw stance. Former wide receiver 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.
Chad Johnson vs. Brian Maxwell fight start time
- Start time: 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
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.
How to watch Chad Johnson vs. Brian Maxwell
- TV channel: Showtime
- Live stream (PPV): Showtime.com, Fanmio
- PPV cost: $49.99
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.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul fight card
- Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul
- Badou Jack vs. Devin Colinal; light heavyweights
- Jarrett Hurd vs. Luis Arias; junior middleweights
- Chad Johnson vs. Brian Maxwell; cruiserweights