Famous champion took everyone by surprise as he put his protegee Davis through his paces at York Hall, the spiritual home of British boxing
FLOYD MAYWEATHER dropped in on Gervonta Davis’ public training in east London yesterday ahead of his fight again Liam Walsh this weekend.
The famous champion took everyone by surprise as he put his protegee Davis through his paces at York Hall, the spiritual home of British boxing.
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As is tradition ahead of boxing matches, both fighters have a training session open to an audience, but nobody was expecting the lightweight – one of the world’s best ever boxers with a 49-0 record – to turn up.
Fellow American Davis, 22, is the youngest World champ and is very highly rated, in part due to his close association with mentor “Money” Mayweather, who is also his promoter.
Having come from a rough Baltimore background, Davis burst into public consciousness in January by beating champion super-featherweight Jose Pedraza.
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And now he defends his championship on this side of the pond at the sold-out Copper Box in the Olympic Park on Saturday night against 31-year-old Brit Walsh.
Mayweather, 40, who loves posing with money and flaunting his lavish lifestyle, was chased by fans when he arrived at the Bethnal Green venue, before going into the ring to spar with his man.
Earlier Rochdale-born Walsh had done his open workout, and he said: “He is getting a lot of media because Mayweather says he is the future of boxing.
“Some people just think it’s true and just at follow along instead of having their own thoughts and believe everything they’re told.
“For me he looks very good and there is no doubt he’s a world class fighter, but there are still a lot of questions to be asked.”