Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti is a recent addition and rising star among the Mayweather Promotions stable. This cruiserweight punching-artist was born on September 20, 1989 in Chicago, Illinois. Ask anyone who has trained with Tabiti and they will explain the endearing nickname given to the fighter for the raw intensity, enthusiasm and grit he demonstrates without apology – making him a “beast” to reckon with from the training gym to the boxing ring.
Tabiti was introduced to the sport of boxing in 2006 by his stepfather who noticed his fierce competitive nature and intrinsic tenacity to be the best or nothing at all. Tabiti’s quest for boxing supremacy is exemplified in his glowing amateur record of 32-6. His unique style incorporates fast, explosive hand-speed in tandem with rapid body movement and footwork. He is quick to attribute his method to carefully studying the likes of James Toney, Evander Holyfield, Roy Jones and Floyd Mayweather – boxing inspirations who have molded his technique and buttressed his fighting intelligence.
Tabiti had no learning curve moving up to the professional ranks, which became evident in his first round TKO of Andrew Howk during his first professional fight on July 19, 2013 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The same fate would befall his next four opponents that “The Beast” would put away by TKO in either the first or second rounds. Tabiti’s most recent challenge and triumph came during “The Moment: Mayweather vs. Maidana” undercard bout against John Shipman on May 3, 2014. Shipman – unlike Tabiti’s last five opponents – lasted four rounds before his defeat by way of TKO leaving Tabiti a flawless 6-0 with six KO’s. Eric Cason would join the list of casualties on August 30, 2014 as Tabiti earned his seventh professional career win by TKO two minutes and thirteen seconds into the third round of his undercard match in the Desert Showdown at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Tabiti protected his impressive 100% knockout rate as he TKO’d Caleb Grummet during an explosive toe-to-toe battle on his undercard bout of “Mayhem: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2” on September 13, 2014 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. He continued his streak of impressive knockout victories in San Antonio, Texas by knocking out Ernest Reyna in the first round of their bout on December 12, 2014. Tabiti then went head-to-head against Thomas “The Hillbilly” Hanshaw at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 21, 2015. The “Beast” defeated Hanshaw by way of TKO just two minutes into the second round. On July 25th, 2015 Tabiti showed that not only is he a powerful puncher but he is also able to go the distance. Tabiti faced a very tough Roberto Santo who took Tabiti’s best shots early in the fight but continued to come forward and battle Tabiti. Tabiti dominated the fight by landing more punches especially in the power stats. Tabiti went on to win his first unanimous decision of his career.
Unlike most people his age, Tabiti’s quest for a simple life outside of the ring has him relaxing at home, discovering new music, and spending quality time with his family. He suspects he would be a professional trainer if he was not a professional boxer. Pizza, ice cream, and popular Mexican chain Chipotle are a few of his favorite foods. He also confesses that “Blood and Bone” is his favorite movie. In a world where it seems filtering yourself has become a thing of the past, some may find it interesting that Tabiti refrains from using profanity in his everyday life.
Currently, Tabiti is trained by Floyd Mayweather Sr. and has already established himself as a future title contender. Tabiti’s early encounter with success is just that though – early. His dedication to his abilities has him setting his sights on an eventual title fight of his own. He welcomes each and every opportunity to step onto the canvas and fight the best, focusing his thoughts and actions on becoming a boxer whose name will belong to the ages.