The fight between Floyd Mayweather and Deji will go down in history as the least serious fun of the great boxer of all time after his retirement.
Mayweather went eight rounds posing as a powerhouse-turned-boxer and entertained the crowd as much as defeating an opponent at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai. There were ring card displays of girls, pad sessions between rounds, and even a pirouette as the 45-year-old Mayweather played with his food. Because the fight was an exhibition fight, no winner was announced.
As with many non-professional Mayweather fights, the opponent chose the degree of punishment he could receive. If Deji, the brother of the original powerhouse-turned-boxer KSI, turned up the heat, he paid for it with more punishment. If he hit, he fared a little better, although by the fourth round Mayweather decided he had earned his money and set about taking down his consummate opponent. “Money” struck from the belt and clapped on Deji’s gloves, trying not to pay any attention to him.
At one point, Mayweather smiled as Deji, whose full name is Oladeji Daniel Olatunji, cut a corner and landed several clean shots. As trivial as the action was, his angle was still working on the swelling on his forehead, the result of decades in the business. He then proceeded to beat his enemy.
In the sixth, Mayweather came out hot, cornering Deji and landing fast punches; his speed looked even better considering his opponent’s slowness. Deji took cover and managed to survive by taking a few hits and running to another set of rings. But in the end referee Kenny Bayless had seen enough and stopped the fight in the sixth round.
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Mayweather’s victory came two months after another knockout victory, when Mikuru Asakura was knocked out in the second round under the RIZIN slogan, which looked much more legitimate. It was also a much clearer result than the 2021 exhibition against Logan Paul, who scored a moral victory by going the distance.
Deji called the result an early stoppage and hoped to continue boxing by 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 KSI headlining undercard against Logan Paul. In his only pro fight, he stopped YouTuber Fowzy with a TKO.