MIAMI GARDENS, Florida – Chad Johnson fell, but he did not fall Sunday night.
Brian Maxwell slaps Johnson in the final of their four-weight cruiserweight exhibition. But he got up and reached the last bell. Because their informal fights go far and not settled. The winner is therefore not announced.
Johnson, 43, a six-time Pro Bowl recipient for the Cincinnati Bengals, boxed for the first time in Showtime Pay-Per-View’s Floyd Mayweather-Logan Paul.
Maxwell dropped Johnson with his right hand, which sent him on the canvas with less than a minute remaining in the fourth and final round. Shocked and exhausted Johnson rose. And the Southern paws recovered well enough to avoid a knockout defeat.
Johnson penetrated Maxwell from the left early in the third round. But he was tired that lap and seemed very tired in his corner during the lift.
Johnson and Maxwell traded left-handed early in the second round. Johnson was more careful in those two minutes than in the first round.
Maxwell put pressure on Johnson almost immediately. But Johnson rocked him with less than 30 seconds on the right hook in the first lap. Johnson backed Maxwell into the ropes in the first round. But Maxwell caught him with the right hook that caused Johnson to retreat.
Maxwell added another right hand with less than 20 seconds remaining in the first round. But Johnson did a good punch.
Maxwell, 33, of Roanoke, Va., 0-1in professional boxing, Gaspard Pierre (2-0, 2 KOs, 1 NC) stopped Maxwell in the second round of his pro debut for both boxers on Day 20. February in Miami
Maxwell remains 0-3 in the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships and 2-3 in mixed martial arts.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/column for BoxingScene.com He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.