Former NFL star wide receiver Chad Johnson made a name for himself throughout his storied career by combining elite on-field production with highlight-reel celebrations and an outspokenness that made him a household name.
Now, he will look to take that same formula into his boxing debut when he steps into the ring for an exhibition against versatile fighter Brian Maxwell on Sunday, June 6 as part of the Mayweather vs. Paul SHOWTIME PPV event at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
In addition to bringing his brand of entertainment to the event, Johnson compared his own boxing style to one of the sport’s most unique fighters.
“I’m transitioning that flair you saw from me on the football field all into this sport,” said Johnson. “To me, my style is like Emanuel Augustus. Once I got those basic fundamentals down to a tee, I could add that trickery to my game.”
A long-time fan and student of the sweet science, Johnson never believed that he’d have this opportunity to box on this stage. However, once he received word from Mayweather and knew how long he’d have to prepare, he jumped on the chance presented.
“I never thought about stepping in the ring,” said Johnson. “I never thought there would be an opportunity to do so. But I love boxing. I’m friends with every boxer out there because I love and study all of it.
I didn’t expect anything like this to happen. When Floyd called, the first thing I wanted to know, was how much time I had to prepare. Once I knew that I had enough time that I could look like myself in there, I knew I could pull it off.”
Always pushing the boundaries of what the public expects from athletes, Johnson will add another feather into what has been a remarkable career as an athlete and entertainer with this fight on June 6.
“This is a one-time thing,” said Johnson. “I’ve done some crazy things in life, and this is one to add and scratch off the bucket list. I’m coming in there to have fun and entertain.”
Former NFL Star Brandon Marshall’s House of Athlete Keeps It “All In The Family” Sponsoring Chad Johnson’s Fight Night Outfit For Boxing Debut on Sunday, June 6
House of Athlete Chief Creative Officer Michi Marshall Designs Elegant Ringwear For Johnson’s Fight on the Mayweather vs. Paul PPV Undercard
Former NFL star Brandon Marshall’s House of Athlete (HOA) will show their full support and sponsor former NFL star wide receiver Chad Johnson when he enters the ring for his boxing debut in an exhibition against Brian Maxwell on the Mayweather vs. Paul SHOWTIME PPV undercard Sunday, June 6 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. The sponsorship’s highlight includes the fight night outfit that Johnson will wear as he enters the ring.
A co-host on Marshall’s popular I AM ATHLETE podcast, Johnson has entrusted HOA Chief Creative Officer Michi Marshall in designing his attire for fight night, creating for Johnson a chic one-of-a-kind ensemble for this blockbuster event. Johnson’s ring outfit has been hand stitched by Kai Brown based off Michi’s overall design and sketches, helping to bring to life her unique vision.
“I wanted to create something that was classic yet elegant, while also being overstated and understated,” said Michi Marshall, who is married to Brandon and has a background in forensic psychology but also in fashion and went back to school in 2010 to complete her BA in fashion merchandising and marketing at the Illinois Institute of Art and Design in Chicago. “The classic vintage cursive that reads ‘Chad Johnson’ is to symbolize who he was born into this world as, while the bold print of ‘Ocho Cinco’ symbolizes the dream, the brand and the legacy that he created.”
“I consider HOA one big family, and Chad is an integral part of that,” said HOA’s Founder, Brandon Marshall. “With that in mind, we wanted to make sure that we are honoring all the work that Chad has put into this event, while staying true to the larger-than-life persona that’s made him known across the world.”
The black satin material that makes up the outfit will give off the stylish vibe Marshall strove for, while allowing Johnson to retain all of the comfort and functionality needed to perform. The ring attire will also feature the number 85, which Johnson became synonymous with throughout his career, and the “Hurricane Paula” moniker that is meant to honor Johnson’s late mother, who was a tremendous influence on his life. In addition, HOA logos will be featured on the front and back of Johnson’s trunks.
“The ‘House of Athlete’ logos on the front of the shorts show that at his core Chad is a body of work and a prime example of what an athlete is through and through,” said Michi Marshall. “I AM ATHLETE is arched across the back of the shorts to symbolize and establish the legacy that professional athletes give to the public by continuing to uplift, inspire and push the culture in a positive direction, for themselves, and for their professions.”
To further commemorate Johnson’s boxing debut, HOA has created a special limited edition t-shirt collection inspired by I AM ATHLETE’s “Ocho vs. Science” segments. HOA will be Johnson’s exclusive apparel partner, and they’ve created iconic styles to celebrate the moment. The collection features the Ocho vs. Science Crew tee, the Ocho Boxing Glove tee and the Ocho vs. Science “Atom” tee. Shop the entire collection on the HOA website.
In addition to Johnson’s ring outfit and t-shirt collection, HOA will have a suite at the stadium with Brandon, Michi and all of the cast-members on hand to lend their full support to Johnson for this once in a lifetime experience. The Marshalls will be joined by I AM ATHLETE co-hosts and former NFL stars Channing Crowder and Fred Taylor to root on their friend and HOA teammate.
“Chad is proving once again that he’s one of the boldest and most daring entertainers on the planet,” said Brandon Marshall. “We can’t wait to watch him step into the ring and do what he does best, entertain fans around the world in a way that only he can.”