- Covered the Broncos for two seasons with the Denver Post
- Graduate of the University of Houston
- A native of Jackson, Miss.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Floyd Mayweather will be back in the ring to face YouTuber-turned-boxer Logan Paul in an eight-round exhibition Sunday night (Showtime PPV and Fanmio PPV, 8 p.m. ET) at Hard Rock Stadium.
Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) comes into this fight as a big favorite, but hasn’t fought since he stopped kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in the first round of an exhibition on Dec. 31, 2018, in Japan.
“It’s going to be fun. It’s what I do,” Mayweather, 44, said on Thursday. “There’s a difference between being a YouTube fighter and an elite fighter. I’m a fighter and I don’t worry about anything. I’ve been a professional for 25 years and I’ve fought the best and seen every style and I always came out on top.”
The 26-year-old Paul (0-1) has fought professionally only once, losing a decision to fellow YouTuber KSI in November 2019. He also had a draw with KSI in an exhibition in 2018.
“I think I have to knock [Mayweather] out. Someone’s getting knocked out. Someone’s gonna quit,” Paul said.
Due to the stipulations of their contract, by the time they get in the ring on Sunday, Paul could have more than a 30-pound advantage over Mayweather. Paul can’t weight more than 190 pounds for the fight and Mayweather can’t weigh more than 160 pounds. Mayweather has never fought above 151½ pounds in his career. At 6-foot-2, Paul is also six inches taller than the 5-foot-8 Mayweather.
Also on the card, former NFL player Chad Johnson will face Brian Maxwell in a four-round cruiserweight exhibition and former light heavyweight champ Badou Jack (23-3-3, 13 KOs) will face late replacement Dervin Colina (15-0, 13 KOs) in a 10-round battle.
Fight in progress: Adrian Benton vs. Pedro Angel Cruz, 4 rounds, lightweights
Jalil Hackett def. Angelo Diaz by first-round KO
Fight recap coming up …
Khan stops Gray in Round 2
It took Dorian Khan Jr. about one round to get warmed up. But after that, it was serious one-way traffic.
Khan, in his pro debut, pummeled Jonathan Gray throughout the second round, culminating in a finish at 2:59 of the second via TKO. Khan ripped hard combinations with Gray stuck in the corner before the referee stepped in to stop the action.,/P.
In the first, the southpaw Khan peppered Gray with combinations, using a nice right hook and straight left. But the heavy stuff came in the second round. Khan really started letting his hands go hard with combinations. He dropped Gray with a left uppercut to the body and it was more of the same when Gray got back to his feet.
Khan (1-0), from Arizona, is a Mayweather Promotions product. He is just 18 years old. Gray (0-4) of Maryland has dropped three in a row this year after making his pro debut in 2020.
Still to come:
Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul, 8 rounds, “special exhibition”
Badou Jack vs. Dervin Colina, 10 rounds, light heavyweights
Jarrett Hurd vs. Luis Arias, 10 rounds, junior middleweights
Chad Johnson vs. Brian Maxwell, 4 rounds, cruiserweights “special exhibition”
Jean Carlos Torres vs. Zack Kuhn, 8 rounds, junior welterweights
Viddal Riley vs. Quintell Thompson, 6 rounds, cruiserweights
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