Aaron Carter came up short in his Celebrity Boxing match Lamar Odom. On Friday, the spectacle saw ‘Fool’s Gold’ singer and ’90s pop star Carter take on Odom, a former NBA star who won two championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. The fight took place at the Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City and was the main event of a special Celebrity Boxing pay-per-view that cost people $30 to watch. Ice-T and his wife Coco hosted the event.
In the fight between Carter and Odom, UFC legend Chuck Liddell was the guest referee. Aaron Carter who is about a foot shorter than Odom, managed to have his moments during the first round. He took several blows to the head, and if it hadn’t been for the protective gear, you’d have to wonder if any of them would have taken Odom down. As it was, the former Laker held his own and handed the fight back to Carter.
You have to admire Carter’s dedication, but it seemed clear in the second round that he needed a miracle to take the win. As the fatigue set in, one last flurry of jabs from Odom would send Carter to the mat. On one knee with Liddell starting the count, Carter appears to be telling the umpire he’s done, shaking his head and refusing to get up. After Liddell called off the fight, Carter rose again to congratulate Odom on his win.
All’s well that ends well, as the two fighters buried the hatchet by hugging it in the ring with celebrities after the boxing match. Both celebrities had made their boxing debuts with the fight, but based on the results, it seems unlikely Carter will sign up for another bout anytime soon. Meanwhile, Odom is feeling good after the win, and he has already said that he wants to fight another fight in the future, as long as the money is good.
This isn’t the only bizarre boxing match that’s been making headlines lately. Last week, undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. retired for an exhibition fight against Logan Paul, the controversial YouTube sensation turned professional boxer. Since it was an exhibition, there were no judges or an announced winner, but Mayweather seemed to have the fight mostly under control. For his part, Paul went all eight rounds with Mayweather, although many had expected him to be knocked out early on. Yet many people believe that the match was staged.
Meanwhile, Nate Robinson, another former NBA player, made his own professional boxing debut last year against Logan’s brother Jake Paul. Unfortunately for Robinson, his new path as a pro fighter was not as successful as Odom as he was knocked out cold by Paul on the second round. As it stands, Jake remains undefeated with a professional boxing record of 3-0, and his next fight will be in August against former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. Some details of this story come from TMZ.