Lamar Odom Agrees to New Celebrity Boxing Contract; Will Fight October 10July 10, 2021
Former NBA star Lamar Odom signed a new contract with Celebrity Boxing to fight on Oct. 10 after his knockout win over musician Aaron Carter in June.
Damon Feldman, the promotion's founder, told TMZ Sports in an interview released Saturday they haven't decided on Odom's next opponent, but they're hoping a marquee name steps up and asks to fill the void.
Odom was predictably dominant against Carter thanks to an insurmountable size difference. The two-time NBA champion was 10 inches taller, had an 11-inch reach advantage and was 64 pounds heavier than Carter.
The 41-year-old New York City native ultimately picked up the win via second-round knockout, and one of the toughest tasks moving forward to put on more entertaining bouts will be finding celebrity opponents who can match that size and length.
Odom previously expressed interest to TMZ in fighting Jake Paul to avenge another former NBA player, Nate Robinson, who was knocked out by Paul in November.
The YouTube star, who's off to a 3-0 start to his boxing career, is scheduled to face former UFC fighter Tyron Woodley in August.
It's unclear whether Paul would be interested in taking on Odom as his next opponent.
Odom, who's best known for his seven seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers (2004-11), also spent time with the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks during his time in the NBA.
In 2015, he fell into a coma after suffering 12 strokes and six heart attacks at a Nevada brothel after taking a combination of cocaine, alcohol and other substances.
The 2011 NBA Sixth Man of the Year previously told TMZ boxing has been a "therapeutic" endeavor.