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Former NBA champ Lamar Odom moves up from Aaron Carter, will fight former heavyweight champion

Lamar Odom, NBA, Aaron Carter, Riddick Bowe

Lamar Odom is not done with boxing, and this time, he’s picking someone his own size — albeit way outside of his age group. According to Dan Feldman of ESPN, the former NBA power forward is getting ready for a showdown against former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe. 

Bowe, 53, will face former NBA player Lamar Odom in a celebrity boxing event on Oct. 2 at the James L. Knight Center in downtown Miami, event promoter Damon Feldman told ESPN on Thursday.

It could be remembered that Odom fought Aaron Carter in an exhibition match last June. Odom won that fight but hardly gained any respect from boxing fans for several reasons. For one, he locked horns with someone who didn’t seem to have an idea what boxing is. Moreover, Carter was extremely physically disadvantaged. The former NBA champion is 6-10, while Carter is only 6-1.

But in Riddick Bowe, at least Odom is going to square off against someone bigger and with certainly much more experience as a boxer. Bowe, however, is 53 and last stepped inside the ring in a professional setting over a decade ago. He scored a unanimous decision against Gene Pukall in Germany back in 2008.

Bowe is best known for becoming the world champion when he defeated Evander Holyfield in 1992. He would later lose to Holyfield in a rematch in 1993. He won the rubber match in 1995 via TKO, though in a non-title fight. Bowe owns a 43-1-0 boxing record.

As for Lamar Odom, his life after the NBA has been a topsy-turvy one, and this fight against Bowe should only add more color to that.