Image: Former Lakers star Lamar Odom knocks out Aaron Carter in the 2nd Round at the Showboat Casino

Photo of Lamar Odom from his fan page on Facebook.

Nothing against Lamar Odom but talk show host Wendy Williams didn’t believe the former Lakers center would win last Friday night’s fight at the Showboat Casino in Atlantic City.                                    

Williams made her remarks to Odom back in February when the former NBA star appeared on the “The Wendy Williams Show” by Zoom. After Odom was introduced to the TV audience, he was greeted by some disturbing comments by Wendy Williams about his fight on Friday, June 11. She didn’t waste any time picking Odom to lose Friday night’s fight. And she didn’t pull any punches.                                                     


“I don’t want you fight, Lamar,” said Wendy Williams. “You are going to get beat up. I think this is a bad decision. I’m scared for you. I don’t want you to get knocked in the head. I love boxing, too but I don’t want to be screaming ‘get up Lamar, get up’.”


And then later on the show, Wendy Williams made another comment about Odom possibly losing the fight. Williams made the comment after bringing up drug allegations that was made by Lamar Odom’s ex-fiancee’ Sabrina Parr about his alleged drug use.


“I know that’s not true,” said Wendy Williams. “They wouldn’t have you do drugs and fight in Atlantic City where you won’t win. But you will be in second place. And that’s good enough for you.”                                                           


Despite Williams’ harsh comments, Odom still stood strong his ground. He told Wendy Williams and the TV audience that he would win the celebrity fight.                   


“This is not going to end like Nate Robinson’s fight,” said Odom. “I’m going to win. I’m a winner. To lose this fight, that won’t happen. I promise you that. It’s going to be a fight and I’m going to win. I have trained to protect myself. This is a fight I will win.”


Well folks, after months and months of hard training, 41-year-old Lamar Odom did enter the ring against 33-year-old pop singer Aaron Carter and the former Los Angeles Laker center did win the 3-round celebrity match. Not only did Odom win the fight, but the 6-10 former center knocked out Carter 57 seconds of the second round. From the opening bell to the end of the fight, Odom unloaded a barrage of heavy shots as Carter stumbled around the ring. Carter kept running from Odom. He couldn’t handle Odom’s hard and solid punches.


UFC champion Chuck Liddell, who served as a quest referee for the fight, kept checking on Carter. Each time Carter stumbled Liddell would look into his eyes to make sure Carter could continue the fight. It was obvious that Carter was badly hurt. Before Carter got knocked out, he fell against the ropes and dropped to the canvass. He barely got back up. Around the ring, fans encouraged Carter to get back up. And then, Odom put the finishing touches on Carter. Odom delivered more bombs and more punishment. Fifty-seven seconds into the second round, enough was enough. Referee Chuck Liddell stepped in front of Carter and stopped the fight. Liddell could see Carter couldn’t take anymore hard shots. After Lamar Odom was declared the winner of the fight, a big celebration exploded around the ring.


Billed as a Celebrity Fight, Friday night’s fight aired on Pay Per View. Millions of boxing fans watched the fight around the country. On the microphone, Hip-Hop rapper Ice T and his wife, Coco, did the honors as they hosted of the celebrity fight.


Even though Aaron Carter appeared to be the favorite to win the fight, he told TMZ that he grew up street fighting and he was ready for the challenge. However, from his performance, Carter didn’t look anything like a street fighter. He spent most of his time running around the ring. He got hit with so many body shots. He looked more like a victim that needed an ambulance. He never had a chance to win this fight.                                                   


Today, Aaron Carter is still a pop star and the famous brother of Back Street member Nick Carter. Aaron Carter rose to fame in the late 1990s. During his teenage years, Carter opened shows for the Back Street Boys and Britney Spears. He signed his first record deal when he was nine years old.                                    


Meantime, Lamar Odom is a former NBA player who has played for many teams. As a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, Odom won NBA championships in 2009 and 2010. He was also named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2011. As a restricted free agent, he signed with the Miami Heat where he played the 2003-04 season before being traded to the Lakers. Odom spent seven seasons with the Lakers before being traded to the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. After that move, his career declined. Odom was traded back to the LA Clippers in 2012 and played briefly in Spain in 2014. Odom was married to Khloe Kardashian from 2009 to 2016. During their marriage, Odom made several appearances on reality television.


On Monday morning, Wendy Williams showed off a championship belt that Lamar Odom gave her after the fight. It wasn’t the real championship belt. It was a championship belt that Odom had specially-made for her. On the belt it said: A True Champion & Queen of Talk Shows Wendy Williams.                                           


Despite his gift to Wendy Williams, Odom never received an apology from Williams for her previous comments. Instead, Williams sat on stage with the belt and bragged about Odom winning the fight. Today, there is word that Lamar Odom wants to fight Jake Logan who beat former NBA star Nate Robinson in a celebrity fight. But right now, Odom might have to wait his turn because Logan has a long list of fighters, celebrities and athletes who want a piece of him.         

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