Floyd Mayweather Sr gets sucker punched and all hell breaks loose
61-year-old Floyd Mayweather Sr got sucker-punched by 23-year-old Charlie Zelenoff in a sparring match. Then all hell broke loose.
Despite Zelenoff’s age advantage of nearly 40 years, it was apparent from the beginning he was looking to knockout Mayweather Sr, as he loaded-up on every punch.
During the sparring match, Zelenoff was heard saying, “Protect yourself at all times.” The comment was, no doubt, in reference to the ending of Mayweather vs Ortiz, where Floyd Mayweather Jr knocked out Victor Ortiz as a result of what many people consider ‘sucker-punches.’
The match had ended and Mayweather Sr, who was pretty sure the comedy was over, turned his back to Zelenoff and walked away. Zelenoff then rushed in and threw a sucker punch. It remains unclear whether he really landed it or just tried to. Mayweather’s posse went after him and gave him a much bigger beating than Mayweather Sr did.
Floyd Mayweather Sr. (born October 19, 1952) is an American former professional boxer and current boxing trainer. Fighting at welterweight during the 1970s and 1980s, Mayweather Sr. was known for his defensive ability and overall knowledge of boxing strategy. He is the father and trainer of five-division boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and is credited for teaching his son the defensive skills that made him a champion.
As a trainer, Mayweather preaches defense and a stiff jab. He teaches many of his boxers a defensive technique known as the shoulder roll, in which the fighter uses his front shoulder to deflect blows and limit their impact. He has on many occasions, including HBO’s Mayweather-Hatton 24/7, claimed to be “Floyd Joy Mayweather Sr., ‘The Greatest Trainer of All Time'”.
He is the former trainer of top light heavyweight Chad Dawson, former 2 division champion Joan Guzmán and women’s champion Laila Ali. He is well known for his stint as Oscar De La Hoya’s trainer from 2001 through 2006. He said he would train De La Hoya for his May 5, 2007, fight against his son, but demanded a $2 million fee to do so. After considerable deliberation, De La Hoya opted not to hire Mayweather Sr. and announced on January 30, 2007, he would use Freddie Roach instead. [Source: Wiki]