But round 11:30 p.m. EST on Friday, the previous basketball participant goes to courageous a extra speedy potential beating when he steps into the ring against former teen idol Aaron Carter.
Welcome to the world of superstar boxing — a sports activities sideshow that runs the danger
of sporting out the F-O-R-M-E-R keys on a journalist’s keyboard — however one which
has develop into more and more in style. Not to point out profitable: The Odom-Carter bout will livestream for $29.99 on FITE.TV.
“I’m building the WWE of boxing,” Damon Feldman, the fight’s promoter and founder of Celebrity Boxing, informed The Post. “Boxing is in a weird spot. There are no fighters to follow right now. Celebrities are looking at this as a way to get back in the spotlight and a way to get money.”
So far, so good. Tickets to witness the stay Odom-Carter fight, which is being held on the Showboat lodge in Atlantic City, New Jersey, are bought out, eagerly snatched up by followers who’re little question hoping Carter will get the tattoo smacked off the facet of his face. And although Feldman wouldn’t reveal simply how a lot the celebrities stand to make this time round, celeb fighters are are sometimes paid an look price plus a portion of proceeds. The actual cash is probably going to come from pay-per-view, the place house audiences will pony up almost $30 to drink a few beers and scream “Hit him!” at their TV screens.
Odom, 41, a former Los Angeles Laker, and Carter, 33, a former “Dancing With the Stars” contestant and current OnlyFans poster, are new to boxing, however each have been posting sweaty coaching movies and promise fireworks. “I grew up street fighting, and I’m really looking forward to this match,” Carter, who’s from — checks notes — Tampa, Florida, mentioned in an internet video. “But my dad always said, ‘The bigger they are, the harder they fall.’ So, Lamar, I’ll see you there, bro.”
This fight comes on the heels of last weekend’s exhibition between former professional boxer Floyd Mayweather, 44, and Logan Paul, an obnoxious 26-year-old web persona with a enormous fanbase — greater than 20 million followers on Instagram and 23 million on YouTube — however restricted recognition amongst those that have been alive through the Reagan administration.
The stay crowd booed the bout at instances, and Paul landed simply 12.9% of his pictures, in accordance to CompuBox. Nonetheless, some 2.5 million viewers paid to watch it. Paul told TMZ that he stood to make about $20 million for the fight, a good wage bump from the estimated $12.5 million per yr he makes YouTube-ing.
Celebrity boxing had its first second again within the late 1990s and early 2000s. Former youngster actor/present grownup spectacle Danny Bonaduce fought former youngster star Donny Osmond in 1994, and it was an undisciplined, amateurish swingfest billed as “The Vanilla Thrilla!” A 2002 battle that includes comic Ricky Gervais pulled in 5.5 million viewers, and in the identical yr, Fox launched the truth sequence “Celebrity Boxing.” It was knocked out after two episodes.
Feldman based his firm in 2003, and has staged tussles that includes Tonya Harding, Jose Canseco, and Nadya “Octomom” Suleman. “If you had 15 minutes of fame, I’ll give you the 16th,” he mentioned. (He may also enable you to get a concussion.)
Now the style is having fun with a bit of a resurgence, pushed, partly, by Paul and
his youthful brother Jake, additionally an inexplicably in style on-line media personality-turned-fighter. Not everyone seems to be of their nook.
“Most of the boxers feel it belittles the sport,” Gleason’s Gym president
Bruce Silverglade informed The Post. “I have a lot of boxers at the gym who work
and sweat and don’t get [anywhere near] the recognition or the money . . . I don’t think pure boxing people look at this for anything other than the comedic end of it.”
Feldman has taken warmth for years, together with from the justice system. He pleaded no contest in 2011 to fixing contests and selling bouts with out a license within the Philadelphia space. In 2016, he pled responsible to easy assault of his then-girlfriend and served 14 months in jail, according to Metro Philly.
“All I do is get criticized,” Feldman mentioned. “The haters are part of the game.”
The promoter referred to as his occasions “sports entertainment,” saying they’re akin to seemingly staged professional wrestling bouts. That hasn’t stopped some bookies from taking bets on the Odom-Carter showdown, the place the previous basketball participant is a heavy -280 favourite, which means you’d have to wager $280 to win $100 with an Odom victory.
Look at it this fashion: As lengthy as both of them will get punched, all of us win.