It has been a long time coming, but Chad Ochocinco is finally stepping into the ring. The former NFL star will make his boxing debut on June 6 in Miami.
After more than 10 years of talking the talk, Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson announced that he will officially be walking the walk. Fans may recall that Ochocinco has been hyping himself up for a high-profile fight for over a decade now. And well, the former Cincinnati Bengals all-pro wide receiver will be fighting as part of the undercard of Floyd Mayweather versus Logan Paul.
For those who may be confused, the NFL star legally had his surname changed from Johnson to Ochocinco prior to the 2008 regular season. The name is Spanish for “eight five.” Ochocinco wore number 85 with the Bengals.
According to ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe, Johnson will either participate in a four or six-round match. And he has agreed to fight either another celebrity or a fellow athlete. It sounds like he is down to fight just about anyone who comes from outside of the professional boxing ranks.
Although an opponent has not yet been set, former Las Vegas Raiders punter Marquette King says he is game.
Fans React to Chad Ochocinco Fight Announcement
NFL fans and boxing fans alike have lit up social media in response to Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson announcing that he plans to fight next month. Ochocinco, a Miami native, appeared on the I Am Athlete podcast with other former NFL players Brandon Marshall, Fred Taylor, and Channing Crowder. The group teased Ocho’s upcoming fight.
As a result, many fans thought that all of the talk was, well, just that — more talk. This time it all seems legit. But that doesn’t mean that boxing fans like the move. In fact, one Twitter user went as far as to see that Johnson and some of the other celebrity boxers are making a joke of the sport.
“These guys are making a farce of boxing,” one fan replied. “And we’ll be paying long after they are history.”
To be fair, most celebrity matches aren’t exactly a great display of skill in the ring. They do, however, tend to make a lot of money. And if there is one thing that Ochocinco has always been good at, it is putting on a great show.
Another follower suggests that Ocho should face up with former wide receiver Terrell Owens.
“@ochocinco vs @terrellowens who’s winning?” another follower asks. “I know Owens got size and power but 85 got that speed.”
While that fight is unlikely to happen, we are looking forward to seeing who his actual opponent will be.