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Lamar Odom Beats Ojani Noa via Decision in 3-Round Exhibition Fight

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIOctober 3, 2021

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Former NBA forward Lamar Odom defeated actor and producer Ojani Noa via decision for the Celebrity Boxing World Heavyweight Championship on Saturday.

Odom (6'10", 230 pounds, 82" reach) had the significant height, weight and reach edge over Noa (6'1", 200 pounds, 74" reach). That clearly helped Odom win this fight, as evidenced by these highlights.

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.<a href="https://twitter.com/RealLamarOdom?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RealLamarOdom</a> using that serious height advantage and working the jab on <a href="https://twitter.com/OjaniNoaOficial?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@OjaniNoaOficial</a>.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CelebrityBoxing?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CelebrityBoxing</a><br><br>[ LIVE NOW ON <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FITE?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FITE</a> | <a href="https://t.co/UD5fTcCKlY">https://t.co/UD5fTcCKlY</a> ] <a href="https://t.co/ia3dZvCQgQ">pic.twitter.com/ia3dZvCQgQ</a>

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Do you think <a href="https://twitter.com/RealLamarOdom?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RealLamarOdom</a> has done enough to win the fight?<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CelebrityBoxing?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CelebrityBoxing</a><br><br>[ LIVE NOW ON <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FITE?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FITE</a> | <a href="https://t.co/UD5fTcCKlY">https://t.co/UD5fTcCKlY</a> ] <a href="https://t.co/c9pNzdhU7k">pic.twitter.com/c9pNzdhU7k</a>

The Noa-Odom bout served as the main event for an Official Celebrity Boxing card at the James L. Knight Center in Miami. It was a co-feature clash alongside a fight between retired professional boxer “Magic Man” Paulie Malignaggi and TikToker Corey B. Malignaggi, which Paulie won by decision.

Odom was originally scheduled to face 54-year-old former heavyweight boxing champion Riddick Bowe.

Per TMZ Sports, that plan was scrapped after ex-boxing heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield lost via first-round TKO to former UFC fighter Vitor Belfort. The 58-year-old was unable to defend himself en route to an ugly defeat, leading to safety concerns.

Celebrity Boxing founder Damon Feldman made the call to pull Bowe, and Noa took his place.

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