MMA Fighting has Floyd Mayweather vs. Deji live round-by-round updates for one of the most anticipated boxing fights of the year which takes place Sunday afternoon at Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai, UAE.
The main event is expected to begin around 4 p.m. ET on FITE TV pay-per-view. Check out our Mayweather vs. Deji results page to find out what happened on the undercard.
Floyd Mayweather competes in his fifth boxing exhibition since compiling a 50-0 career record as a pro. It marks his third exhibition contest of the year. He defeated Mikuru Asakura via second-round TKO in his most recent outing on Sept. 25.
Deji (1-0) is coming off the first victory of his short boxing career. He defeated Fousey via third-round TKO this past August.
The Mayweather vs. Deji clash will be an exhibition fight.
Check out Floyd Mayweather vs. Deji main event live blog below.
The undercard has wrapped and Mayweather and Deji make the walk to the ring next.
Mayweather vs. Deji is supposed to begin soon according to the broadcast.
It’s Deji out first and he’s announced as “The GOAT of YouTube boxing.”
Mayweather out now. He’s rolling with a deep entourage, including a live rap entrance.
Eight two-minute rounds for this fight.
Round 1: Mayweather starts with his hands down by his waist. He’s throwing out jabs half-seriously, then starts feinting with his arms actually extended outward. Not showing a lot of respect to the YouTube star. Deji lightly probing with jabs. Mayweather completely relaxed as he just stalks his opponent. His hands are down and he’s just daring Deji to try and throw. Floyd skips forward and tags Deji with a right hand. Mayweather claps this gloves at the bell.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Mayweather.
Round 2: Mayweather was handling ring card duties and dancing between rounds. A chant starts and Mayweather starts spurring them on, barely acknowledging Deji. He lands a quick combination to remind Deji what’s happening. Light tap to the body by Mayweather. Deji bops Mayweather with a lead right. That got a nice reaction from the crowd. Mayweather starts talking to Deji’s coaches. Mayweather scores with a couple of body shots. Mayweather walks Deji down and just starts throwing straight punches as Deji turtles up. Mayweather ducking and dipping.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Mayweather. Overall, 20-18 Mayweather.
Round 3: Mayweather actually pats Deji on the head. Deji sneaks in a body shot, which gets a smile from Mayweather. Mayweather lands three straight rights to the body. He makes Deji flinch with a jab then smacks him with a loose right hand. Deji coming forward now, but Mayweather’s defense on point as usual. Straight right for Mayweather. He connects with a counter left. Mayweather hits a glancing left hook and it looks like Deji’s eye is bother him. Deji in defensive mode. Mayweather does a pirouette.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Mayweather. Overall, 30-27 Mayweather.
Round 4: Deji with a good left hand. That actually draws some offense out of Mayweather and he’s backing Deji up now. Left hand lands for Mayweather. He throws out some flashy hooks, not really looking to land with any force. Deji eats a couple of body shots. Mayweather snakes in an uppercut through Deji’s defense. Mayweather warned about low shots and he just brushes the referee off. He presses forward, but the ref gives him another warning for a low shot. Mayweather jawing to everyone.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Mayweather. Overall, 40-36 Mayweather.
Round 5: Deji at least managed to bruise Mayweather as the former boxing champion’s corner had the cold compress out between rounds. Mayweather comes out with a more traditional boxing stance. Deji having difficulty not getting cornered. Mayweather tags him with a right, combos, and ends with a hook that scores. His arms are down again as he dares Deji to throw. Right hand to the body by Mayweather. Mayweather talking trash as he jabs away at Deji. Lead right scores for Mayweather.
MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Mayweather. Overall, 50-45 Mayweather.
Round 6: Mayweather immediately on the offensive to start this round. Different feel to this round for sure and Deji has to clinch to slow Mayweather. He’s throwing back and actually landing, but Mayweather is confidently walking him down. There’s a jab for Deji. Mayweather scores with a straight right. Mayweather to the body, right hook, then a left uppercut and Deji is hurt. Referee has seen enough and he steps in to protect Deji. Definitely a quick stoppage there, but this is an exhibition, so referee likely erring on the side of caution.
Official result: Floyd Mayweather def. Deji via TKO in Round 6
Post-fight, Mayweather thanks Deji for taking the fight. He tells Deji to keep pursuing his dream of boxing and smiles when asked about Deji landing a good shot on him during the fight.
“You’re a hell of a fighter and a hell of a competitor and keep up the great work,” Mayweather said. “Keep building.”
Deji says the stoppage was early and he would have liked to continue. He mentions Justin Bieber as a potential next opponent.