Floyd Mayweather Signs On For Another Exhibition
Less than two days after Floyd Mayweather knocked out MMA fighter Mikuru Asakura in the second round of a scheduled three-round exhibition on Sunday in Saitama, Japan, his next foray into the ring was announced on Tuesday.
Global Titans announced that Mayweather will face YouTube personality turned boxer Deji Olantunji on Nov. 13 in the main event of a pay-per-view at Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The number of rounds the bout is scheduled for and the weight were not announced.
“I am delighted to bring this incredible boxing experience to Dubai,” Mayweather said in a statement. “Global Titans will give fans an unrivalled boxing match with a huge undercard. It is an honor to be a part of such an iconic event in an iconic city, and I would like to thank the Global Titans team for reaching out to me and giving back so much to the sport I love.”
Deji (1-0, 1 KO), 25, of England, has boxed between super middleweight and heavyweight between his pro and few amateur bouts. He is the younger brother of fellow social media influencer KSI, who also is pursuing a boxing career.
“Huge thanks to Global Titans and my team for creating this incredible opportunity,” Deji said in a statement. “It’s a privilege to be headlining this phenomenal spectacle in Dubai, against the all-time great Floyd Mayweather. This is going to be fun.”
Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs), 45, of Las Vegas, a five-division champion and Hall of Famer, will be boxing in his fifth exhibition since retiring after a knockout of UFC star Conor McGregor in 2017.
He scored three knockdowns in a brutal first-round destruction of smaller Japanese kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa on Dec. 31, 2018, also in Saitama.
His next two were eight-round distance bouts (with no scores rendered) against YouTube personality Logan Paul in June 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida, and former sparring partner Don Moore, whom he knocked down in the final round, on May 21 on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi in the UAE.