Floyd Mayweather Jr. is set to continue with his active exhibition tour.
The status of the show’s co-feature is not quite as clear, however.
More than five years after his final sanctioned bout, Mayweather showed off a still-chiseled physique as he weighed 154.3 pounds for his third exhibition fight of 2022. The Hall of Fame former five division champion faces Deji, a social media influencer who weighed 175 ¼ pounds for their scheduled eight-round bout atop a DAZN Pay-Per-View event Sunday from Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
In the co-feature, unbeaten prospect Tommy Fury—the younger brother of lineal/WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury—once again finds himself mired in controversy.
Manchester’s Fury (8-0, 4KOs) weighed a beefy 181 ½ pounds for his scheduled six-round bout with Paul Bamba (5-2, 4KOs), a New York City-based Boricua who weighed 174.6 pounds. Fury pounded his chest and vowed a spectacular knockout on Sunday before his opponent cleared the air.
“There shouldn’t be a knockout when you don’t make weight,” Bamba noted. “That sucks. You’re about seven pounds overweight, for the world to know.”
Fury's team tells a different tale, suggesting there were two separate contracts issued to the fighters stating different weight limits. Bamba has informed reporters on the scene that he will need to be financially compensated for the fight to proceed. Fury seemed unbothered by the situation and confident that the bout will move forward.
The rest of the show will go on as planned.
Deji—whose full name is Deji Olutanji and is the younger brother of fellow YouTube superstar KSi, is coming off a third round knockout of YouTube variety actor Fousey on August 27. The exhibition bout took place as part of the inaugural Misfits Boxing + DAZN: X Series, which saw older brother KSi score two wins on the same night at The O2 in London.
The win was the first on the social media boxing circuit for Deji, who lost his three previous outings. His first boxing appearance came on the August 2018 undercard of KSi’s bout with Logan Paul, as the two fought to a draw. A pairing of younger brothers on the undercard saw Deji suffer a knockout defeat to content creator and current cruiserweight Jake Paul, who hadn’t yet turned pro.
Mayweather (50-0, 27 ‘by way of’) enters his fifth exhibition bout since a tenth-round knockout of Conor McGregor in August 2017 to officially end his pro career. The run began with a first-round knockout of Tenshin Nasukawa. The bout was ridiculed over Mayweather—by far the greatest boxer of his generation—manhandling a considerably smaller MMA fighter with no real boxing experience.
The opposite was in play for his next adventure. Mayweather gave away more than 30 pounds in his eight-round exhibition with Logan Paul last June in Miami Gardens. A more level playing field in terms of weight came in his unsanctioned clashes with Don Moore this past May in Abu Dhabi and Mikuru Asakura on September 25 in Saitama, Japan. All five exhibition bouts—including Sunday’s affair—come with eight-figure paydays for Mayweather.
Also on the show, former long-reigning WBC lightweight titlist Delfine Persoon (47-3, 19KOs) weighed 128.1 pounds, well under the junior lightweight limit for her scheduled ten-round bout with Ikram Kerwat (11-3, 5KOs), a Tunisian boxer based out of Germany who was 129.6 pounds.
Persoon fights on a Mayweather undercard for the second straight time, having outlasted Elhem Mekhaled in their terrific ten-round slugfest on May 14 in Abu Dhabi. The 37-year-young Belgian has won three straight since a repeat loss to undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor in their August 2020 rematch and is the WBC and WBA mandatory challenger.
Alycia Baumgardner is the reigning lineal/WBC/IBF/WBO champ while Hyun Mi Choi is the long-reigning WBA titlist. The two are in talks for an undisputed showdown eyed for the first quarter of 2023, though failure to make such a bout will leave Persoon to next challenge either of the two.
Below are the weights for the rest of the undercard.
Jadier Herrera (8-0, 6KOs), Dubai via Camaguey, Cuba, 129.3 pounds vs. Franklin Manzanilla (21-8, 20KOs), Barranquilla, Colombia, 129.9 pounds—10 rounds, junior lightweight
Faizan Anwar (14-0, 6KOs), Calcutta, India, 154.4 pounds vs. Harley Benn (9-1, 1KO), Hornchurch, London , 154.6 pounds—8 rounds, junior middleweight
Jack Fincham (pro debut), 181.9 pounds vs. Anthony Taylor (2-3, 1KO), Alameda, California, 174 ½ pounds—4 rounds, light heavyweight
J’hon Ingram (3-0, 3KOs), Las Vegas, 141.1 pounds vs. Koji ‘Kouzi’ Tanaka (31-16-2, 10KOs as a kickboxer), Tokyo, 143.3 pounds—EXHIBITION
Boateng Prempeh (2-3, 2KOs), Accra, Ghana, 178 ½ pounds vs. Bobby Fish (pro debut), Albany, New York, 183 pounds—4 rounds, cruiserweight
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox