He nearly died of a drug overdose and was married to a Kardashian. Lamar Odom is clearly used to punishment.
But around 11:30 p.m. EST on Friday, the former basketball player and alleged deadbeat dad will face a more immediate potential blow when stepping into the ring against troubled former teen idol Aaron Carter.
Welcome to the world of celebrity boxing – one Sports sideshow that risks wearing out the FORMER keys on a journalist’s keyboard – but which is growing in popularity. Not to mention lucrative: The fight between Odom and Carter will be streamed live on FITE.TV for $ 29.99.
« I’m building the WWE of boxing, » said Damon Feldman, the fight promoter and founder of Celebrity Boxing, the Post. “Boxing is in a strange place. There are no fighters to follow right now. Celebrities see this as a way to get back into the limelight and make money. ”
So far, it’s good. Tickets to the Odom and Carter live battle to be played at the Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey are sold out and eagerly snapped by fans who no doubt hope Carter will get the tattoo pounded off the side of his face . And while Feldman wouldn’t reveal how much the stars make this time around, celebrity fighters are often paid an appearance fee plus a portion of the proceeds. The real money will likely come from pay-per-view, where home audiences will raise nearly $ 30 just to have a few beers and yell « Hit him! » on their TV screens.
Odom, 41, a former Los Angeles Laker, and Carter, 33, a former Dancing With the Stars contestant and current OnlyFans nudist star and CamSoda porn star, are new to boxing – but both have posted sweaty training videos and promise fireworks. « I grew up fighting street fights and I really look forward to this game, » said Carter, who is from Tampa, Florida, reviewing his notes, in an online video. « But my father always said, ‘The bigger you are, the harder it is.’ So, Lamar, see you there, brother. »
This fight follows last weekend’s show between former professional boxer Floyd Mayweather, 44, and Logan Paul, a disgusting 26-year-old internet personality with a huge following – more than 20 million followers on Instagram and 23 million on YouTube – but limited credit among those alive during the Reagan administration.
The live crowd booed the fight at times and Paul only landed 12.9% of his shots, according to CompuBox. Nevertheless, around 2.5 million viewers paid for it. Paul told TMZ that he would make about $ 20 million for the fight, a nice raise from the estimated $ 12.5 million a year he makes on YouTube.
The celebrity boxing had its first moment in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Former child actor / current adult spectacle Danny Bonaduce battled former child star Donny Osmond in 1994, and it was an undisciplined, amateur swing festival known as « The Vanilla Thrilla! » A 2002 fight with comedian Ricky Gervais drew 5.5 million viewers, and that same year Fox launched the reality series Celebrity Boxing. It was knocked out after two episodes.
Feldman founded his company in 2003 and staged scuffles with Tonya Harding, Jose Canseco and Nadya « Octomom » Suleman. « If you had 15 minutes of fame, I’ll give you 16th, » he said. (He might also help you get a concussion.)
Now the genre is experiencing a minor resurgence, partly fueled by Paul and his younger brother Jake, who is also an inexplicably popular online media personality turned to fighter has been. Not everyone is in their corner.
« Most boxers feel like it degrades the sport, » Bruce Silverglade, president of Gleason’s gym, told The Post. “I have a lot of boxers in the gym who work and sweat and don’t get the credit or the money. . . I don’t think pure boxers look at this for anything other than the comedic ending. ”
Feldman has taken heat for years, including from the judiciary. He advocated no competition in 2011 to host competitions and promote unlicensed fighting in the Philadelphia area. In 2016, he pleaded guilty to the simple attack on his girlfriend at the time and was imprisoned for 14 months, according to Metro Philly.
The promoter called his events « sports entertainment » and said that they appear to resemble staged pro-wrestling matches. That hasn’t stopped some bookmakers from taking bets on the Odom Carter Showdown, where the former basketball player is a heavy-280 favorite, meaning you have to bet $ 280 to win $ 100 with an Odom win Win.
Think of it this way: As long as one of them is beaten, we all win.
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