He virtually died from a drug overdose and was married to a Kardashian. Clearly, Lamar Odom is applied to punishment.
But about 11:30 p.m. EST on Friday, the previous basketball player is going to brave a much more fast potential beating when he actions into the ring in opposition to previous teen idol Aaron Carter.
Welcome to the world of superstar boxing — a sports activities sideshow that operates the threat
of wearing out the F-O-R-M-E-R keys on a journalist’s keyboard — but 1 that
has turn out to be progressively well-known. Not to point out valuable: The Odom-Carter bout will livestream for $29.99 on FITE.Tv.
“I’m creating the WWE of boxing,” Damon Feldman, the fight’s promoter and founder of Superstar Boxing, informed The Post. “Boxing is in a bizarre place. There are no fighters to adhere to appropriate now. Celebs are looking at this as a way to get back in the highlight and a way to get income.”
So much, so excellent. Tickets to witness the reside Odom-Carter fight, which is currently being held at the Showboat resort in Atlantic Metropolis, New Jersey, are bought out, eagerly snatched up by fans who are no doubt hoping Carter gets the tattoo smacked off the side of his face. And nevertheless Feldman wouldn’t reveal just how a great deal the stars stand to make this time all-around, celeb fighters are are often paid an physical appearance payment additionally a part of proceeds. The true income is probably to occur from fork out-per-check out, exactly where property audiences will pony up just about $30 to consume a number of beers and scream “Hit him!” at their Television set screens.
Odom, 41, a former Los Angeles Laker, and Carter, 33, a former “Dancing With the Stars” contestant and latest OnlyFans poster, are new to boxing, but both equally have been submitting sweaty training videos and assure fireworks. “I grew up street combating, and I’m actually on the lookout ahead to this match,” Carter, who’s from — checks notes — Tampa, Florida, explained in an on the web online video. “But my dad always explained, ‘The even bigger they are, the more durable they drop.’ So, Lamar, I’ll see you there, bro.”
This fight will come on the heels of very last weekend’s exhibition involving previous pro boxer Floyd Mayweather, 44, and Logan Paul, an obnoxious 26-calendar year-previous world-wide-web identity with a enormous fanbase — much more than 20 million followers on Instagram and 23 million on YouTube — but confined recognition amongst people who were alive throughout the Reagan administration.
The reside group booed the bout at occasions, and Paul landed just 12.9% of his shots, in accordance to CompuBox. Nevertheless, some 2.5 million viewers compensated to look at it. Paul told TMZ that he stood to make about $20 million for the struggle, a good wage bump from the estimated $12.5 million per 12 months he will make YouTube-ing.
Celebrity boxing had its first minute back again in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Former boy or girl actor/recent adult spectacle Danny Bonaduce fought former child star Donny Osmond in 1994, and it was an undisciplined, amateurish swingfest billed as “The Vanilla Thrilla!” A 2002 fight featuring comedian Ricky Gervais pulled in 5.5 million viewers, and in the identical calendar year, Fox released the fact collection “Celebrity Boxing.” It was knocked out soon after two episodes.
Feldman started his company in 2003, and has staged tussles showcasing Tonya Harding, Jose Canseco, and Nadya “Octomom” Suleman. “If you experienced 15 minutes of fame, I’ll give you the 16th,” he mentioned. (He may well also support you get a concussion.)
Now the genre is making the most of a bit of a resurgence, pushed, in portion, by Paul and
his young brother Jake, also an inexplicably well-liked on the internet media persona-turned-fighter. Not absolutely everyone is in their corner.
“Most of the boxers really feel it belittles the sport,” Gleason’s Fitness center president
Bruce Silverglade told The Publish. “I have a lot of boxers at the gym who get the job done
and sweat and really do not get [anywhere near] the recognition or the cash . . . I really don’t consider pure boxing people seem at this for everything other than the comedic conclusion of it.”
Feldman has taken warmth for years, including from the justice system. He pleaded no contest in 2011 to correcting contests and promoting bouts devoid of a license in the Philadelphia location. In 2016, he pled responsible to straightforward assault of his then-girlfriend and served 14 months in prison, in accordance to Metro Philly.
“All I do is get criticized,” Feldman claimed. “The haters are component of the activity.”
The promoter referred to as his occasions “sports entertainment,” indicating they are akin to seemingly staged pro wrestling bouts. That has not stopped some bookies from getting bets on the Odom-Carter showdown, exactly where the previous basketball player is a major -280 favourite, indicating you’d have to wager $280 to acquire $100 with an Odom victory.
Glimpse at it this way: As lengthy as both of them receives punched, we all get.