Lamar Odom to box former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe on Oct. 2, Paulie Malignaggi also to compete

Lamar Odom and Aaron Carter | Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty ImagesLamar Odom is getting a slight upgrade in competition for his next celebrity boxing bout. The two-time NBA champion is reportedly set to fight two-time world heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe at James L. Knight Arena in Miami on Oct. 2, MMA Fighting confirmed with Official Celebrity Boxing founder Damon Feldman following an initial report by TMZ Sports. Official Celebrity Boxing: Odom vs. Bowe will air on FITE. Feldman suggested the pay-per-price could be $29.99, though that has not been finalized. He added that the bout will be carried on select cable outlets in North America. A press conference for the celebrity matchup will take place Aug. 11 in Miami. This marks Odom’s second high-profile venture into celebrity boxing following his exhibition bout with pop star Aaron Carter in June. The 6-foot-10 Odom easily dispatched of Carter, winning by second-round knockout in a contest that played out in as bizarre a fashion as expected. Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell served as a special guest referee for the fight. Odom, 41, is seven years removed from a 13-year NBA career that saw him win a pair of championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2011. He has also gained notoriety as a reality TV star due to his past relationship with Khloe Kardashian, featuring in both Keeping Up with the Kardashians and a spin-off show, Khloe and Lamar. “Riddick’s return to boxing,” Feldman said. “He always wanted to step back in the ring in some capacity and now he is with Celebrity Boxing. It’s gonna be a fun, cool, match, two legends of their games taking it on.” For Bowe, this will be his first boxing match since 2008 and his first combat sports appearance since a one-off muay Thai bout in 2013. “Big Daddy” was unsuccessful in his muay Thai debut, losing by second-round TKO to Levgen Golovin. Watch that fight below: Bowe, 53, was one of boxing’s best heavyweights in his prime. After winning a silver medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, he won his first 32 pro bouts capped off by a unanimous decision win over Evander Holyfield that made Bowe the WBA, WBC, and IBF heavyweight champion. He would lose to Holyfield in the rematch, but triumph in the rubber match when the two last fought in 1995. His pro boxing record stands at 43-1 (1 NC). Former two-division world champion Paulie Malignaggi (36-8) is also expected to box on the card against TikTok personality Corey B. “It’s Official Celebrity Boxing, we’ve been doing it for 18 years,” Feldman said. “I’m real excited because we’re changing the game of boxing with the entertainment. Everybody thinks Jake and Logan Paul are celebrity boxing, they’re really professional fighters. My niche is you keep people safe and they battle it out for six minutes.”

Lamar Odom to box former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe on Oct. 2, Paulie Malignaggi also to compete
Lamar Odom and Aaron Carter | Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images

Lamar Odom is getting a slight upgrade in competition for his next celebrity boxing bout.

The two-time NBA champion is reportedly set to fight two-time world heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe at James L. Knight Arena in Miami on Oct. 2, MMA Fighting confirmed with Official Celebrity Boxing founder Damon Feldman following an initial report by TMZ Sports.

Official Celebrity Boxing: Odom vs. Bowe will air on FITE. Feldman suggested the pay-per-price could be $29.99, though that has not been finalized. He added that the bout will be carried on select cable outlets in North America.

A press conference for the celebrity matchup will take place Aug. 11 in Miami.

This marks Odom’s second high-profile venture into celebrity boxing following his exhibition bout with pop star Aaron Carter in June. The 6-foot-10 Odom easily dispatched of Carter, winning by second-round knockout in a contest that played out in as bizarre a fashion as expected. Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell served as a special guest referee for the fight.

Odom, 41, is seven years removed from a 13-year NBA career that saw him win a pair of championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2011. He has also gained notoriety as a reality TV star due to his past relationship with Khloe Kardashian, featuring in both Keeping Up with the Kardashians and a spin-off show, Khloe and Lamar.

“Riddick’s return to boxing,” Feldman said. “He always wanted to step back in the ring in some capacity and now he is with Celebrity Boxing. It’s gonna be a fun, cool, match, two legends of their games taking it on.”

For Bowe, this will be his first boxing match since 2008 and his first combat sports appearance since a one-off muay Thai bout in 2013. “Big Daddy” was unsuccessful in his muay Thai debut, losing by second-round TKO to Levgen Golovin.

Watch that fight below:

Bowe, 53, was one of boxing’s best heavyweights in his prime. After winning a silver medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, he won his first 32 pro bouts capped off by a unanimous decision win over Evander Holyfield that made Bowe the WBA, WBC, and IBF heavyweight champion. He would lose to Holyfield in the rematch, but triumph in the rubber match when the two last fought in 1995.

His pro boxing record stands at 43-1 (1 NC).

Former two-division world champion Paulie Malignaggi (36-8) is also expected to box on the card against TikTok personality Corey B.

“It’s Official Celebrity Boxing, we’ve been doing it for 18 years,” Feldman said. “I’m real excited because we’re changing the game of boxing with the entertainment. Everybody thinks Jake and Logan Paul are celebrity boxing, they’re really professional fighters. My niche is you keep people safe and they battle it out for six minutes.”

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Raulian Paiva barely remembers first round of UFC Vegas 32 ‘war’ with Kyler Phillips

Raulian Paiva scored his third straight win in the UFC with a majority decision over Kyler Phillips | Zuffa LLCRaulian Paiva went to “war” with Kyler Phillips for 15 minutes at UFC Vegas 32 this past Saturday in Las Vegas, but has no recollection of almost a third of it. Paiva was successful in his bantamweight debut with a majority decision victory at the UFC APEX after back-to-back wins as a flyweight. But he only recalled what went down in the opening round, when he almost got finished by “The Matrix,” after watching it later in his hotel room. “To tell you the truth, of the first round, I remember being sitting down and looking at my corners and they looked worried, and then I saw Phillips hitting me,” Paiva said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “I was like, ‘What, so the fight has began already?’ I grabbed his leg then, and I remember nothing from that point on. [I don’t remember that I] got back up and went for the fight with him. I don’t remember that. I only remember seeing him hit me and fighting back, and then I don’t remember anything.” Paiva only recalls the second and third rounds, which he won on all judges’ scorecards despite being “like a zombie” in the opening frame. “Before the knockdown, all I remember is ‘Pateta’ [jiu-jitsu coach Fabio Prado] telling me to move my head and be careful because he was trying to pressure me,” he said. “That’s it. I don’t remember anything else. I knew it would be a complicated fight. I knew it would be a war, but I didn’t imagine I would get beat like that in the first round. “It was a crazy experience for me. I never got so tired in a fight like that, and never got knocked down before, but it was insane. It was awesome, too.” Paiva’s cornermen Prado and Urijah Faber told him he had won the bout before the official result was read, and Sal D’Amato was the only judge to give Phillips a 10-8 in the first. The other two had it 10-9, making it 29-28 in favor of the Brazilian. “I don’t think it was right [to make it a 10-8] because I was knocked down late in the first round and never stopped working,” Paiva said. “I kept moving and reacting. It’s a 10-8 when you get beat the entire round with no reaction.” Paiva and Phillips were awarded with the “Fight of the Night” bonuses, and Paiva plans on investing a share of that money in his next camp with Team Alpha Male in California. Prior to UFC Vegas 32, Paiva mentioned Raphael Assuncao as an ideal opponent next in case of a win, and doubled down on the callout afterwards. Assuncao initially took on social media to accept the challenge for November, but later changed his mind, wanting a “better name.” “Raphael would be a good fight because he’s ranked higher than me, but you can give me someone unranked. I just want to fight and stay busy,” Paiva said. “But if Raphael thinks it’s not an interesting fight and the UFC still books it, I’ll show him it’s interesting [laughs]. I’ll fight whoever comes as if they were the champion.”

Raulian Paiva barely remembers first round of UFC Vegas 32 ‘war’ with Kyler Phillips
Raulian Paiva scored his third straight win in the UFC with a majority decision over Kyler Phillips | Zuffa LLC

Raulian Paiva went to “war” with Kyler Phillips for 15 minutes at UFC Vegas 32 this past Saturday in Las Vegas, but has no recollection of almost a third of it.

Paiva was successful in his bantamweight debut with a majority decision victory at the UFC APEX after back-to-back wins as a flyweight. But he only recalled what went down in the opening round, when he almost got finished by “The Matrix,” after watching it later in his hotel room.

“To tell you the truth, of the first round, I remember being sitting down and looking at my corners and they looked worried, and then I saw Phillips hitting me,” Paiva said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “I was like, ‘What, so the fight has began already?’ I grabbed his leg then, and I remember nothing from that point on. [I don’t remember that I] got back up and went for the fight with him. I don’t remember that. I only remember seeing him hit me and fighting back, and then I don’t remember anything.”

Paiva only recalls the second and third rounds, which he won on all judges’ scorecards despite being “like a zombie” in the opening frame.

“Before the knockdown, all I remember is ‘Pateta’ [jiu-jitsu coach Fabio Prado] telling me to move my head and be careful because he was trying to pressure me,” he said. “That’s it. I don’t remember anything else. I knew it would be a complicated fight. I knew it would be a war, but I didn’t imagine I would get beat like that in the first round.

“It was a crazy experience for me. I never got so tired in a fight like that, and never got knocked down before, but it was insane. It was awesome, too.”

Paiva’s cornermen Prado and Urijah Faber told him he had won the bout before the official result was read, and Sal D’Amato was the only judge to give Phillips a 10-8 in the first. The other two had it 10-9, making it 29-28 in favor of the Brazilian.

“I don’t think it was right [to make it a 10-8] because I was knocked down late in the first round and never stopped working,” Paiva said. “I kept moving and reacting. It’s a 10-8 when you get beat the entire round with no reaction.”

Paiva and Phillips were awarded with the “Fight of the Night” bonuses, and Paiva plans on investing a share of that money in his next camp with Team Alpha Male in California.

Prior to UFC Vegas 32, Paiva mentioned Raphael Assuncao as an ideal opponent next in case of a win, and doubled down on the callout afterwards. Assuncao initially took on social media to accept the challenge for November, but later changed his mind, wanting a “better name.”

“Raphael would be a good fight because he’s ranked higher than me, but you can give me someone unranked. I just want to fight and stay busy,” Paiva said. “But if Raphael thinks it’s not an interesting fight and the UFC still books it, I’ll show him it’s interesting [laughs]. I’ll fight whoever comes as if they were the champion.”

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