Former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Chad Johnson’s boxing debut was a roller coaster on Sunday that finished with him standing on his feet.
Johnson, 43, survived a knockdown in the final round after largely controlling the action against Brian Maxwell in a four-round exhibition bout that kicked off the Floyd Mayweather-Logan Paul pay-per-view card inside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
As an exhibition fight with two-minute rounds, no judges were assigned and no winner was announced.
The man formerly known as “Ochocinco,” a six-time Pro Bowler who last played in the NFL in 2012, held the distinct height advantage in this battle of southpaws and kept Maxwell away with his jab and the threat of his left cross. But he didn’t receive a ton of resistance from the 33-year-old Virginia native until a huge…