Floyd Mayweather clowns Deji in ridiculous exhibition bout


The Floyd Mayweather vs. Deji exhibition will go down as the least serious of the all-time boxing great’s post-career lark.

Mayweather, a social media influencer and boxer turned to entertainment for the crowd, spent eight rounds playing clown. There were ring card girl impressions, between-round pad sessions and even a pirouette as the 45-year-old Mayweather toyed with his food. As the bout was an exhibition, no winner was declared.

Like so many Mayweather fights that were not pro, the opponent chose the punishment he would receive. Deji (brother of KSI’s original boxer influencer) turned up the heat and received more punishment. He did better if he spent more, but Mayweather was done and he got back to work on his opponent. “Money” threw punches from his waist and slapped at Deji’s gloves, big-brothering him with little regard for what came back.

At one point, Mayweather smiled when Deji – whose full name is Oladeji Daniel Olatunji – cut an angle and threw a few well-placed punches. His corner had some residual swelling from decades of business experience, despite the fact that the incident was trivial. Then, he continued to beat on his foe.

In the sixth, Mayweather came out hot, cornering Deji and firing fast punches; his speed looked even better considering his opponent’s slowness. Deji covered up and managed to survive with a few punches and escapes to another set of rings. But eventually, referee Kenny Bayless had seen enough and stopped the fight in the sixth round.

Mayweather’s exhibition came two months after another knockout win, a second-round stoppage of Mikuru Asakura under the RIZIN banner that looked far more legitimate. It was also a much clearer result than the 2021 exhibition against Logan Paul, who won a moral victory by going the distance.

Deji called the result an early stoppage and hoped to continue boxing, calling out Justin Bieber in his post-fight speech. As an amateur, he went 0-3 including a debut loss to Jake Paul on the undercard of KSI’s headliner against Logan Paul. In his lone pro bout, he stopped YouTuber Fousey via TKO.

Source: https://www.mmafighting.com/2022/11/13/23456756/floyd-mayweather-clowns-deji-in-ridiculous-exhibition-bout?rand=96749