Floyd Mayweather Jr. - Amateur Highlights

Floyd Mayweather Jr. - Amateur Highlights

Floyd Mayweather Jr. - Amateur Highlights
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Born To Be A Boxer

 

Sometimes you hear the expression in boxing that "he was born to be a fighter". In the case of Floyd Mayweather, perhaps never a truer sentiment was expressed.

Not many realize that very early on, boxing was something that young Floyd didn't exactly have a choice in.

His father had him standing up on chairs to hit heavy bags as a toddler, brought him around to different boxing gyms in Grand Rapids, Michigan in a stroller as he trained and as he got older, had him well advanced beyond his years as one of the most gifted amateurs of his time.

It was well known that young Mayweather as an amateur often sparred with experienced professionals very early on, even apparently on one occasion giving Pernell Whitaker all he could handle, even though Mayweather was still only a teenager.

His father had him running in mountain boots and was a real stickler for discipline during the amateur career of Floyd Jr.

The sense of "no pain no gain" was prevalent right the way through his amateur career, where his sublime skills and athletic ability ensured his father's mantra paid off.

Although Mayweather did not capture Olympic Gold when many expected he would (due to his incredible talent) , it is widely regarded in the sport that he was unfairly robbed of his chance to do so due to, well, some rather dubious judging.

Nonetheless, it was an amateur career to be extremely proud of, that paved the way for a very special pro career record.

On that note, here's all the key highlights you need to know of Floyd Mayweather's amateur boxing days:

 

Amateur Record: 84 Wins, 6 Losses

 

1993


Michigan State Golden Gloves Champion, 106 pounds

National Golden Gloves Champion, 106 pounds

 

1994


Michigan State Golden Gloves Champion, 112 pounds

National Golden Gloves Champion, 112 pounds
Outstanding Boxer Award

 

1995


National PAL Champion, 125 pounds
Outstanding Boxer Award

United States Amateur Featherweight champion

Competed at Featherweight at the World Championships in Berlin.
Results:
Defeated Marian Leondraliu (Romania) PTS (8-7)
Lost to Nouredine Medjihoud (Algeria) PTS (6-8)

 

1996 - The Peak Of His Amateur Power


Michigan State Golden Gloves Champion, 125 pounds

National Golden Gloves Champion, 125 pounds

Qualified at Featherweight for the United States Olympic Team.
Results:
Defeated William Jenkins RSC-3
Defeated James Baker RSCH-1
Lost to Augie Sanchez PTS (11-12)
Defeated Carlos Navarro PTS (31-11)
Defeated Augie Sanchez PTS (12-8), at Box-offs
Defeated Augie Sanchez PTS (20-10), at Box-offs

Won the Featherweight Bronze Medal for the United States at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
Results:
Defeated Bakhtiyar Tileganov (Kazakhstan) RSC-2
Defeated Artur Grigorian (Armenia) PTS (16-3)
Defeated Lorenzo Aragon (Cuba) PTS (12-11)
Semi-Finals: Lost to Serafim Todorov (Bulgaria) PTs (9-10)
Controversial decision was officially protested (unsuccessfully) by the U.S. team.