The latest celebrity boxing encounter to feature YouTube star Logan Paul is due to take place on June 6, and this time the undercard will be packed with interest.
Logan Paul, who has previously only fought another YouTube star, KSI, is set to go toe to toe with arguably the best boxer ever to step into the ring, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather.
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celebrity fights are often a huge draw with fans, and both Logan Paul versus KSI and Mayweather against McGregor ranks in the top 20 biggest pay-per-view fights, according to a Bwin Sports infographic. Mayweather and McGregor is the second-biggest pay-per-view event of all time, only behind Mayweather’s 2015 victory over Manny Pacquiao, and his inclusion is sure to see this event also draw huge viewership. The bout itself might not be much of a spectacle though, so other celebrities are being added to the roster, including former NFL star Chad Johnson.
ESPN reports that 43-year-old Johnson, who spent nine years with the Cincinnati Bengals, is likely to appear in a four or six-round exhibition bout. He announced his decision on the I Am Athlete podcast with fellow former NFL stars Brandon Marshall, Fred Taylor and Channing Crowther. “Everything in life I’m good at outside of golf,” said the Miami native, who also spent a short time with the Dolphins at the tail end of his career. “June 6, ‘Sweet Feet Johnson’ is going to go in there and do what I do best.”
Johnson may even be squaring off against one of the I Am Athlete podcast hosts, as Brandon Marshall has been putting in some serious gym work and has openly talked about wanting a fight himself. Where better to appear than on the undercard of one of the biggest pay-per-view events of 2021?
The event will not all be about celebrity encounters, though, there are some serious bouts scheduled for the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. Firstly, BadouJack is set to face off against Jean Pascal for the WBA regular lightweight title. The 37-year-old Swede was beaten by Pascal in December 2019 ¬– his third successive fight without a victory. After an eight-round unanimous decision against Blake McKernan in November 2020, he will be eager to face the Haitian Canadian for a slice of revenge. For his part, Pascal has not stepped into the ring since that 2019 split decision victory in which he retained the title, and it could be a bout that goes the distance, giving pay-per-view fans a proper fight to enjoy.
30-year-old Jarrod Hurd is also going to be back in action, although there will be no title on the line. The light-middleweight from Maryland has a professional record of 24 wins and one defeat, but he has not fought in almost 18 months. After losing his WBA, IBF and IBO light middleweight titles to Julian Williams in May 2019, he has only fought once, a unanimous decision victory against Francisco Santana. He will face Luis Arias as he looks to get his career back on track, Arias not having won a bout since June 2017, when he retained the IBF-USBA middleweight title against Arif Magomedov.
For all the ‘proper’ boxing on the card, it is still going to be the celebrity encounters that draw the headlines. Whilst Mayweather is expected to make short work of Logan Paul, it will be intriguing to see how Sweet Feet Johnson gets on in his in-ring debut.