The world of boxing just got a lot more entertaining. Whether that is a bad or good thing is up for debate.
TMZ Sports recently reported that there will be another celebrity boxing match happening in 2021. It has nothing to do with Logan or Jake Paul, however, or either of their friends. Instead, it will be a battle between the music industry and the NBA as Aaron Carter faces Lamar Odom.
The fight will take place inside the Showboat Casino in Atlantic City, NJ on June 12. A three-found affair, the exhibition bout does not have a network for fans to view it as of this moment.
This bout could be compared to when Jake Paul fought Nate Robinson due to the height difference; Odom is six-foot-ten and Carter is 6-foot-one. Despite the fact, Carter is ready to put on a show, whether it is an athletic showcase or something else.
“I’m really excited to be fighting Lamar Odom. This is a crazy matchup, it’s like David and Goliath,” Carter told TMZ. “It’s going to be kind of crazy. I’m really looking forward to this fight… I’m not just a music producer, an entertainer, a singer, a dancer. I’m also a fighter.”
Carter went on to say he grew up street fighting. That appears to be the only fighting experience he has. Carter, 33, was one of the top pop artists of the late nineties and early 2000s. He toured with the Backstreet Boys, appeared on Disney Channel shows, and has entertained millions. Carter has had issues with family as seen by the various reality shows on E, among others.
This fight is something Odom brought into the universe. The 41-year-old is a two-time NBA Champion with the Lakers and was in the NBA from 1999-2013. A former Sixth Man of the Year, Odom has gone through some rough patches due to DUI’s and addiction. He is also a fighter; Odom suffered twelve strokes and six heart attacks, resulting in him being on life support for an extended period of time. Since healing his body and mind, Odom has played for the CBA and the Big3. He recently signed with Celebrity Boxing in early January.
Both suffering from addiction problems, they will look to take their experience and release everything they have (anger, fear, excitement) in the ring.
The timing of this fight comes after the Paul brothers announced their fights with Floyd Mayweather and Ben Askren. Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. recently competed after retiring (for Tyson, a significant layoff), and Evander Holyfield is looking to fight Tyson one more time. It is unsure if this is what Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn had in mind when he stated on The Main Event with Jake Asman and Cody Stoots last year that YouTube fights could be the future of boxing.
Only time will tell how seriously Odom and Carter will take this fight. Boxing may not suffer from it, but there will always be glances from those who are not in favor of this sort of entertainment. For now, all we can do is wait.
Who do you have winning the fight?