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The Time Floyd Mayweather Knocked Out A Heavyweight

The Time Floyd Mayweather Knocked Out A Heavyweight

Floyd Mayweather has won world titles in five different weight classes but what would happen if he stepped inside the squared circle with a heavyweight?

Well, according to promoter Dmitriy Salita, it resulted in the bigger man ending up on the canvas in the Top Rank Gym.

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In the early 2000's, a heavyweight rocked up to the facility where Mayweather was working on his craft and in next to no time the two were slugging out in the ring.

The unnamed fighter was more than 60lbs than Mayweather but spurred on by his trainer, late uncle Roger, Money's class shone through and he promptly dropped the heavyweight.

"When we were in the gym, it was like after one of Floyd's fights. We were just hanging out. This guy comes into the gym. A heavyweight. He's like, 'I want to get some boxing'," Salita recalled to Elie Seckbach, as per World Boxing News.

"He was just like talking a lot of smack and nobody had gotten picked to spar, so Floyd was like, 'Leonard (Ellerbe) get my stuff from the car!' "Leonard went to the car, got his gear and Floyd got in the ring with him (the heavyweight).

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"Thirty seconds in and going his (famous) shoulder roll and that, he hits this guy with a body shot and drops the guy. He was a heavyweight and the guy could fight. "Then Roger said, 'if you're a real fighter you get in there and you fight'.

"And that's what Floyd did. It takes that spirit. Training since you are a kid, to have that kind of mindset to be a great fighter."

As they say, "it ain't about the size of the dog in the fight, it's about the size of the fight in the dog".

Years later, in a different type of squared circle, Mayweather would mix it up with 7ft monster the Big Show in WWE. Back in 2008, having been instructed to do so, he legitimately broke the 48-year old's nose during a face-off at No Way Out.

He then went on to beat him in a no-holds-barred match at Wrestlemania 24 courtesy of a knockout, knuckle-duster assisted blow.


Topics: Boxing News, Boxing, Heavyweight, Floyd Mayweather

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

 

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