Fan Connection: Year-End Review

As we near the closure of 2020, we look back on all of the growth and success that Mayweather Promotions has reached. Although we’ve dealt with the challenges of the pandemic, we made the most of the circumstances. We were able to create opportunities for some fighters in our stable to fight in championship bouts, and also added to our already talented stable of fighters. We can’t wait to see what 2021 has in store! In this newsletter we will be highlighting the biggest accomplishments of 2020 from the newest additions to the stable, recaps of this year’s boxing events, the latest sports headlining articles, our featured fighter, featured trainer, and fans of the quarter, PLUS! What’s trending in fashion and entertainment and much more!


As we approach the end of another year, we take a look back on the past 11 months as a whole and reflect on how we were able to make adjustments and keep moving forward amid the challenges that we had to endure over the course of 2020.  We added to our stable of growing talent, promoted boxing events, and celebrated the success of our fighters retaining and winning championships. We are looking forward to continued success and growth for Mayweather Promotions and it’s rising talent. Thank you to all of our fans that have supported the PAST.PRESENT.FUTURE of sports and entertainment!



Mayweather Promotions Adds Five Rising Stars to the Growing Stable


This year the company has expanded their talented roster by having signed the following: Matteo Papa, Micky Scala, Rock D. Myrthil, Jean Carlos Torres, and Adrian Benton.


Mayweather Promotions welcomes Matteo “Cyborg” Papa (7-0, 5KOs). to the growing stable. Torres is an unbeaten welterweight from Varese, Italy. Papa made his professional debut on March 16, 2017 vs. Fernando Gonzalez where he earned a first round TKO victory to kick-off his unblemished record. You don’t want to miss Papa’s boxing rise. Be sure to follow him on Instagram:  @matteopapa33.





Micky Scala is an 18-year-old fighter from Mesa, Arizona who holds a current record of (2-0, 1 KO). He made his professional debut on July 26, 2019 in Tijuana, Mexico where he defeated his opponent, Carlos Alfredo Ruiz Vega, by unanimous decision. Scala made his debut under the Mayweather Promotions banner on February 28, 2020 where he defeated Nathaniel Morrow by a third round TKO victory. Scala is the youngest fighter to be signed by Floyd Mayweather at the age of 17. This was the rising prospect’s last bout before the COVID pandemic struck. Scala continued to stay active in the gym, until he they closed it down. Since then, he has now equipped his home with punching bags and also does strength and condition and boxing training at night. He’s been working harder than ever before and remains fully focused on improving his craft. In May 2020 Scala graduated at the top of his high school holding a GPA of 4.8. He has now entered his first semester of college where he is studying psychology and counseling.  Scala looks to carry his strong Italian heritage and to become one of the next Italian greatest fighter legacies. Be sure to follow this rising prospect’s journey on Instagram/Twitter: @MickyScala. To learn more about Micky Scala visit:






The undefeated super lightweight, Rock D. Myrthil also known as “Prince Rock” (17-0, 13 KOs), is ready to continue growing his resume under the Mayweather Promotions banner. Myrthil was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and now resides in Los Angeles, California. He made his professional debut on January 28, 2017 in Tijuana, Mexico where he faced Allan Varela. He earned a 2nd round TKO victory that kicked off his unblemished record. Stay tuned for Prince Rock’s return to the ring! Myrthil made his Mayweather Promotions debut on February 28, 2020 where he faced Johnny Rodriguez and earned a unanimous decision victory improving his record to (16-0, 13 KOs). Be sure to follow his journey and growing resume by adding him on social media on Instagram at: @princerock_moneymyrthil.






Undefeated title contender Jean Carlos “Lobo” Torres 18-0 (14 KO’s) out of Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico joins the promotional company’s existing roster of talented prospects, contenders, and world champions after being discovered by Floyd Mayweather.  Torres is currently ranked eleventh in the WBO rankings, Torres looks to translate the garnered success from his hometown of Puerto Rico, a known hotbed to some of the most elite fighters in the sport, to the states. Torres currently trains in Las Vegas at the Mayweather Boxing Club under the guidance of trainer Yoel Gonzalez. While at home in Trujillo, Torres trains with longtime trainer and former world champion, Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon.

Prior to being signed to Mayweather Promotions, Torres sparred with high-level fighters, including Gervonta Davis. During several of these sessions, Floyd watched Torres train and spar at his gym which prompted his interest in the fighter. Torres made his professional debut on August 15, 2015 in Puerto Rico where he earned a first round KO. This was the start of his growing unblemished resume. Stay tuned for his journey under the Mayweather Promotions banner where he will continue his much success and accomplishments.


“Signing with Mayweather is a dream come true and I will not make him regret it,” said Torres, who was a member of the Puerto Rican national team as an amateur. “What started from a temporary training situation ended with a significant step forward in my career and I want to prove that I made the best decision.”






Another addition to the Mayweather Promotions’ roster is the young and talented twenty-year-old Adrian “Play Time” Benton (4-0). He has made a dominating entrance to the lightweight division since turning pro in March of 2019 with three out of his four wins having ended by knockout. Before turning pro, the Cincinnati native accumulated an impressive 287-16 amateur record. The undefeated prospect’s talents haven’t gone unnoticed by the company. Keep an eye out for Benton as he prepares to make his Mayweather Promotions’ debut soon. Follow him on Instagram at: @ajplaytime2.





Angelo Leo Becomes New WBO Jr. Featherweight World Champion

On August 1, 2020, 26-year-old Mayweather Promotions fighter, Angelo Leo, dominated Tramaine Williams in a unanimous decision as main event live on SHOWTIME from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. This was the network’s first live boxing event since March 13.

Leo (20-0, 9 KOs), was originally scheduled to face Stephen Fulton Jr. in the main event before Fulton tested positive for COVID-19. Angelo Leo came out victorious over his new opponent Williams, by judges scores 117-111 and 118-110 twice.

Angelo Leo was ranked WBO’s No. 2 junior featherweight going into the fight and is now expected to defend his title against Fulton, ranked No. 1 by the WBO, in the near future.

To read more on Leo vs. Williams click HERE.





Rising Lightweight Rolando “Rolly” Romero Captures Interim WBA Lightweight Title


On August 16, 2020 rising lightweight, Rolando “Rolly” Romero (12-0, 10 KOs), faced fellow unbeaten Jackson Maríñez (19-1, 7 KOs) in the co-main event on the David Benavidez vs. Alexis Angulo undercard.

Romero suffered a slight cut above his left eye in the ninth round on a head butt, but that didn’t affect his performance in the championship rounds. The judge’s scores were 115-113, 116-112 and 118-110, all in favor of Romero who captured his first world title in the lightweight division.

To read more on Romero’s first championship click HERE.






Xavier Martinez Keeps His Unbeaten Record By Defeating Toughest Opponent To Date


In the co-main event of Lipinets vs. Clayton on October 24, 2020 live on Showtime Boxing, unbeaten contender Xavier Martinez (16-0, 11 KOs) survived two knockdowns to win a unanimous decision over Claudio Marrero (24-5, 17 KOs) in their WBA Super Featherweight Title Eliminator. After 12 rounds, all three judges scored the fight for Martinez, by scores of 115-111 and 114-112 twice.

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“Not every win is going to be pretty and a knockout, but if you can pull yourself out of tough situations, it proves what type of fighter you are,” said Martinez. “I knew it wasn’t going to be a cakewalk. I told [trainer] Ray [Woods] I might hit this guy a couple of times and he might not drop. It’s all part of the experience.”

The fight fluctuated with each fighter taking turns in controlling the pace of the fight. Martinez flashed impressive combination of punches, eventually with a left hook that slowly closed Marrero’s right eye. In round eight, Martinez suffered the first knockdown in his career by getting hit with a right hook. Despite the two knockdowns that he encountered; Martinez survived the hard-charging Marrero. He was able to regain his momentum throughout the championship rounds and secure the unanimous decision victory.

To read more on Martinez’s impressive victory click HERE.


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Gervonta “Tank” Davis Scores Scores Knockout of the Year Candidate Over Leo Santa Cruz


Gervonta Davis (24-0, 23KOs) delivered a Knockout of the Year candidate performance over the four-division world champion Leo Santa Cruz. He retained his WBA Lightweight title and picked up the WBA Super Featherweight title on October 31, 2020 on SHOWTIME PPV® at the Alamodome in San Antonio in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions. Davis’ pay-per-view main event debut was a total success. It was an all-action war that had fans and spectators on their feet from the start of first bell.

The sixth round was the career defining moment where Davis found an opening to land his trademarked left uppercut that sent Santa Cruz to the canvas and earned his KO victory, something that Santa Cruz had not seen approaching. Davis proved that he is one of the most powerful punchers in the sport, stunning the crowd.

“The uppercut wasn’t the key coming into the fight, but I adapted to what he was bringing,” said Davis. “I knew he was taller and crouching down and moving forward. Once he moved forward, I tried to jab and make him run into the shot. He was right there for it. He punches, but he doesn’t try to get out of the way. There was nowhere for him to go on that knockout because I got him into the corner.

Click HERE to read more on Davis’ career defining victory.


Our 2020 sports scene isn’t at all what we envisioned due to these unprecedented times. The sports world was put on hold, delaying/halting seasons at all levels of sports. Now that professional sports are back, we’ve got the top sports news from the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL. We couldn’t forget reliving our Mayweather Promotions fights and detailing what is to come that you don’t want to miss out on. Catch up on all the news below!








 December 12, 2020


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Two of the top fighters in the 130-pound division will meet when unbeaten interim WBA Super Featherweight Champion Chris “Primetime” Colbert faces the hard-hitting Jaime Arboleda in the main event of SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION Saturday, December 12 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT live on SHOWTIME from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

The tripleheader, originally scheduled for November 28, will see middleweight contenders Matt Korobov and Ronald Ellis battle in the 10-round co-main event and rising super lightweight phenom Richardson Hitchins taking on the toughest test of his young career as he faces former world champion Argenis Mendez in a 10-round telecast opener. The event is promoted by TGB Promotions and Sampson Boxing. Hitchins vs. Mendez is co-promoted by Mayweather Promotions.

In the co-main event, 2016 Olympian and undefeated super lightweight prospect Richardson Hitchins (11-0, 5 KOs) takes on former IBF Super Featherweight champion Argenis Mendez (25-5-3, 12 KOs). New York City’s Hitchins of the Mayweather stable represented his parents’ home country of Haiti in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and recently cruised to a unanimous shutout decision over Nick DeLomba (16-2, 5 KOs) in a 10-round co-featured bout on ShoBox in February. Mendez, the native of the Dominican Republic won his world title in 2013, has now relocated to New York, and seeks to make another run title contention.


















 August 15, 2020


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In the co-main event, rising lightweight Rolando “Rolly” Romero (12-0, 10 KOs) scored a controversial unanimous decision over previously fellow unbeaten Jackson Maríñez (19-1, 7 KOs) to capture the interim WBA Lightweight Title. The story of the fight was Marínez’s reliable jabs as the Dominican fighter won the battle in that department (14 percent compared to Romero’s 10 percent). It was Romero, however, who held the advantage on power punches connecting on 24 percent (31 of 228) compared to 18 percent for Marínez (72 of 401).
The scores were 115-113, 116-112 and 118-110, all in favor of Romero.

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 August 1, 2020


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Angelo Leo is the new WBO Jr. Featherweight World Champion. The 26-year-old Mayweather Promotions fighter dominated Tramaine Williams en route to a unanimous decision live on SHOWTIME on Saturday, August 1 from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. in the network’s first live boxing event since March 13. Leo won by scores of 117-111 and 118-110 twice.

Leo (20-0, 9 KOs), who was originally scheduled to face Stephen Fulton, Jr. in the main event of the card before Fulton tested positive for COVID-19, used a dominant body attack and consistent pressure to overwhelm Williams (19-1, 6 KOs), who stepped up from the co-main event to face Leo. Albuquerque’s Leo had a 248-196 edge in punches landed while landing 39 percent of his power punches. 102 of his 248 connects were body punches.

Leo, who was ranked WBO’s No. 2 junior featherweight going into the fight, is now expected to defend his title against Fulton, ranked No. 1 by the WBO, within the next 180 days.


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 October 24, 2020


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In the co-main event, unbeaten contender Xavier Martinez (16-0, 11 KOs) survived two knockdowns to win a unanimous decision over Claudio Marrero (24-5, 17 KOs) in their WBA Super Featherweight Title Eliminator. After 12 rounds, all three judges scored the fight for Martinez, by scores of 115-111 and 114-112 twice. (Video highlights here:

“Not every win is going to be pretty and a knockout, but if you can pull yourself out of tough situations, it proves what type of fighter you are,” said Martinez. “I knew it wasn’t going to be a cakewalk. I told [trainer] Ray [Woods] I might hit this guy a couple of times and he might not drop. It’s all part of the experience.”

The fight featured ebbs and flows, with each man seemingly in control at different times throughout. Sacramento’s Martinez flashed impressive combination punching, punctuating many attacks with a left hook that slowly closed Marrero’s right eye. Representing his native Dominican Republic, Marrero actually held the statistical edge in the fight, out landing Martinez 161 to 128.

In the telecast opener, super lightweight contender Subriel Matias (16-1, 16 KOs) scored a TKO victory over Mayweather Promotions’ prospect, Malik Hawkins (18-1, 11 KOs) after six rounds of action. The fight was stopped on the recommendation of the ringside physician prior to the start of the seventh round and is officially scored a TKO one second into the seventh.

After Baltimore’s Hawkins won the first round on all three judges’ cards, Matias began to outwork his opponent and consistently land his left hook to the head and body. In round six, Matias knocked down a fading Hawkins with that hook, the first time Hawkins had been down in his career.

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October 31, 2020


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Gervonta “Tank” Davis delivered a Knockout of the Year candidate over four-division world champion Leo Santa Cruz in the most significant fight of his career, retaining his WBA Lightweight title and picking up the WBA Super Featherweight title Saturday night on SHOWTIME PPV® at the Alamodome in San Antonio in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions. It was the first major boxing event with fans in attendance since COVID-19 forced a halt to U.S. sports in March with an announced crowd of 9,024.

It was both fighters’ pay-per-view main event debut, and Davis (24-0, 23 KOs) and Santa Cruz (37-2-1, 19 KOs) delivered an all-action war that had the fans on their feet from start to finish. The fight, which was contested at 130 pounds, saw both fighters stand in the pocket and press the action. It was in the sixth round when the defining moment of the night occurred, as Davis found an opening to land his trademark left uppercut, a knockout shot which Santa Cruz never saw coming. Davis proved that he is one of the most powerful punchers in the sport, stunning the crowd. Watch the KO HERE.

Former world champion Regis Prograis (25-1, 21 KOs) took the first step to getting back on top of the 140-pound division, scoring a third-round stoppage of Juan Heraldez (16-1-1, 10 KOs) in the second bout of the night. Watch the stoppage HERE.

In the third round, the fight changed in an instant as Prograis took advantage of Heraldez keeping his hands too low by landing his most dangerous weapon, a dynamite left hook that sent Heraldez sprawling to the canvas. When Heraldez got back to his feet, Prograis, who was born and raised in New Orleans but now fights out of Katy, Texas, sensed his opponent was in danger and pounced on Heraldez, forcing referee Rafael Ramos to step in and stop the action at 1:23 of round number three.

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The approach that the NFL has taken on to control the spread of the virus includes daily testing, virtual media workrooms, team facilities equipped with daily symptom screening and temperature checks, limited fans, and a new Reserve/COVID-19 list. Even though there has been more frequent outbreaks in the NFL, the season has continued to move forward. Each week, more and more players were placed and taken off the reserve list. Some teams have even found themselves with no available players for their positions.

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Peters and fellow cornerback, Marlon Murphy, of the Baltimore Ravens have deemed themselves to be two of the best cornerbacks in the sport. Since having joined the Ravens in 2019, he has had four interceptions in 12 games. In 79 career games, he’s had 28 interceptions with the Chiefs, Rams, and now with the Ravens. This cornerback is on the rise!

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It isn’t an NFL season without ranking out the sports leading rookies. Bleacher Report lists the best rookies at each of the major position groups from the past two decades. Some of the rookies include Robert Griffin III, Ezekiel Elliot, and Odell Beckham Jr. To learn more on the rest of the rookies that made the list, click HERE.



And what a debut that was! The Las Vegas Raiders beat out the New Orleans Saints in their new home at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Saints were looking to spoil the home opener for the Raiders, but that didn’t go as planned. The night was filled with penalties for New Orleans and some bad plays on both ends of the ball. Raiders ended out a successful game with the final score of 24-34. Check out the game recap HERE.

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Offensive linemen for the Giants, Andrew Thomas is enjoying the thrill of his professional career debut. He’s either trying to stop the best pass rushers in the NFL, or on the sidelines watching someone else do his job. Either way it is, Thomas enjoys everything about it. Within two weeks into his career, this rookie out of Georgia has seen some of the best and it’s been back-to-back tough matchups.

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The winner of the number 1 top-selling 2020 MLB jersey is none other than Los Angeles Dodgers star Mookie Betts. He is a former World Champion with the Boston Red Sox who joined the Los Angeles team in 2020. Leading in sales after Betts is Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees and Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phillies. To learn who else made the list of top-selling 2020 MLB jerseys, click HERE.



The Los Angeles Dodgers have become World Series champions for the first time since 1988 defeating the Tampa Bay Rays and claiming their long-awaited victory in the shortest, strangest season in the Major League Baseball history.

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The third ball brother, LiAngelo Ball, has just agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with the Detroit Pistons. His brother LaMelo Ball was recently drafted by the Charlotte Hornets and other brother, Lonzo Ball, will be entering another season with the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pistons now have a crowded roster due to their activity in the free agency. Ball will be getting a shot at training camp to compete for a spot on the 15-man roster.

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This year’s NBA draft is nothing like we’ve ever seen before in the league’s history. Players checked in from home while the NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, was alone on the stage for the first round. Some of the drafts highlights included trades, surprise picks, and the news about Warrior star Klay Thompson.

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2020-2021 NBA TIMELINE

We are only a few weeks away from the start of the 2020-21 NBA season. NBA draft and free agency have been completed in November and the rosters are starting to come together. Training camps will open on December 1st and teams will hold a media week from December 1-5. Group workouts will begin on December 6.

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Will Milwaukee Bucks trade Eric Bledsoe this off season? Being a pick and roll ball handler is one of Bledsoe’s strengths. He averaged 10 pick and rolls per game during the 2016-17 season, the highest in the past 5 seasons. Take a look at what teams might be the best move and deal for Bledsoe.

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The basketball legend, Allen Iverson, recently appeared on the All The Smoke podcast where he spoke to Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson on various topics. He was asked to name his NBA Mount Rushmore and that is when Iverson decided to put the spotlight on his top five players. These players included Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Shaq, and Stephen Curry. Do you agree with Iverson’s choices?

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Lebron James has made history, now having added his fourth ring with three different teams, adding on another milestone to his already historic career and growing resume. The Los Angeles Lakers are once again NBA champions, claiming their 17th title with a dominating 106-93 win over the Miami Heat. James closed out the series in Game 6 with 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists, extending his NBA Finals record of 11 triple-doubles. He was named Finals MVP for the fourth time in his career for his efforts during the playoff season.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have become champions of the “COVID Cup” that was raised inside the NHL’s bubble in Edmonton. Many were surprised on their victory, but others were not as they have an incredible talented roster. They had a two-month stretch from December to February where they went 23-2-1 that reminded us of their force during the regular NHL season. The Lightning came into the season with all the qualities that are needed to be Stanley Cup contenders which took them to the end and sealed their championship.

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NBC sports has broken down the leading top 10 unrestricted free-agent forwards for this year. Leading the list as the number 1 spot is Taylor Hall who won the Hart Trophy for league MVP in 2017-18 after compiling 93 points.

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Novak Djokovic and Rafael Ndal will be meeting in the French Open for the eighth time and their third time in the final. Rafael Nadal will be breaking records for most appearances in a final at one major. He was ranked and seeded the No. 2 spot in Paris, being tied with Federer, who play in 12 Wimbledon finals.

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Serena Williams and Roger Federer have confirmed they will be competing in the 2021 Australian Open. Due to the pandemic and national health regulations, players competing will need to travel to Australia earlier than in past years. The competition will begin on January 18th, but there will be an obligated two-week quarantine.

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They are only two wins away from holding the franchise’s first MLS Cup, and one win away from their first appearance in the championship game since 2014.

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For the first time in MLS history, St. Louis CITY, a Major League Soccer expansion team, has announced that they will hire Matt Sebek as a chief experience officer. The goal of this position will be to “excite and unite fans and the community, both inside and outside the stadium.”

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The jerseys of Tobin Heath and Christen Press have outsold any of the Manchester United’s men’s players for the first three days after they signed. They both joined United in September on a one-year deal.

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Tiger Woods has announced he has committed to next month’s Zozo Championship at the Sherwood Country Club. He will be the defending champion of an event that moved from Japan to Thousand Oaks, amid the pandemic.

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Garcia won the Sanderson Farms Championship by hitting an 8-iron to 30 inches for birdie in the final hole. He had gone with more than year since his last victory, considering he failed to make the FedEx Cup playoffs and was out of the top 50 in the world.

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The coronavirus crisis has transformed just about every part of our daily lives forcing us to adapt. Selecting outfits to wear to the office has changed to selecting the comfiest clothing in your closet. This year has also presented social & political empowerment among many of us forcing us to unite together to create impact and change. With all of these events in 2020, there’s been a shift in fashion and culture, and we took notice. Here’s what’s been trending among celebs, athletes, and beyond.





The world paused when the coronavirus hit, and many brands began re-strategizing. Nostalgia was the answer for most, and a lot of fashion brands took notice bringing back the beloved tie-dye trend. There’s something about wearing an old tie-dye or vintage band t-shirt you once wore as a kid that takes you back to happier times…






Continuing on the topic of nostalgia, vintage band t-shirts continued to see a resurgance this past year. We saw a number of styles from old band tees to social movements donned by many of our favorite celebs.





We noticed a lot more athletes, using their platform to shine a light on Historically Black Colleges this year. The trend spread quickly filling our feeds with various celebs rocking their alma maters and/or historical schools across the world.





Comfort was key all 2020, in comes the Croc wave! The beloved brand welcomes you to tap into your creative mind with customizable crocs and they’ve also tapped music artists and fashion brands to collaborate with.




Introducing the Field Pass collection, a selection of city hats so you can represent the home team no matter the sport. Shop a wide selection of colors and cities, can’t decide? Buy multiple. Save with free shipping on domestic orders over $150 & International orders min. $250 and Mayweather Sports receive free domestic shipping on U.S. orders over $75 and $150 Int’l.

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Less than three years ago Angelo “El Chinito” Leo joined the Mayweather Promotions stable as a promising undefeated prospect on a quest to become world champion with a record of 9-0. Angelo left his  life in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the rear view and set his sights ahead, knowing that his move to Las Vegas would push him to become the best version of himself. Since then, Angelo’s focus and daily grind while on his pursuit of a world title have paid off.  Learn more about Angelo Leo’s road to becoming the WBO Jr. Featherweight World Champion and how he enjoys life beyond the ring.




Q: What does “El Chinito” mean and why did you choose it as your alias?

El Chinito is a way of saying Chinese is Spanish. My great grandpa was Chinese and immigrated to Mexico, so a lot of my family members exhibit Chinese physical characteristics. One of my friends from Los Angeles recommended the alias and it’s something that stuck with me. It’s also a way for me to acknowledge and honor my heritage.


Q: You closed out 2019 with four victories, but 2020 got off to a rocky start due to the COVID-19 pandemic. How did you remain focused and goal oriented during quarantine?

My focus remained the same. I had the same goal as I’ve always had which was to become a world champion, so I never stepped off the gas. I’m always training, doing roadwork, and staying active so that I’m ready at a moment’s notice. My team and I didn’t know when the quarantine would end, but we made sure that I was ready and prepared to fight.


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Q: In just 10 fights under the Mayweather Promotions banner, you became the WBO Jr. Featherweight World Champion. How does it feel to have accomplished one of your long-term goals?

Words can’t describe how I feel after accomplishing a goal that I’ve had since I was 10 years old. It feels stupendous to know that I am a world champion.


Q: Did you prepare differently for your championship fight? Did the last-minute opponent change from Stephen Fulton to Tramaine Williams affect your game plan?

Preparation for the last-minute opponent change was the same, but we increased our training intensity for the championship fight. We increased the amount every training activity to include road work, sparring, studying and focus. When you’re preparing for a big opportunity you have to rise to the occasion.

I’ll admit that I was affected by the opponent change the first few hours after the news broke. I had been preparing to fight Stephen Fulton for two months so the change a few days ahead of the fight was a disappointment. However, the goal was still to win a world title and I was ready to do anything in my power to get it, even if it meant fighting Tramaine Williams.


Q: What is the best advice you’ve received by the President and/or CEO of Mayweather Promotions prior to your championship win?

Floyd Mayweather, the President of Mayweather Promotions, told me to keep doing what I do best, use my jab, and be sure to work the body. The CEO of Mayweather Promotions, Leonard Ellerbe, also reached out to prep me with a good game plan to defeat my opponent.


Q: What are your goals for the remainder of the year?

If possible, I’d like to fight one or two more times this year. I don’t have any current vacations planned or personal goals for the rest of this year, but I have gotten a head start on 2021. Next year I’d like to continue defending my title, stay active, and begin investing in the real estate market.



Q: Your father, Miguel, has been your head trainer since you began in the sport. Describe how it feels to have had your father in your corner throughout the course of your career, through the good, bad, and ugly.

My dad is the greatest asset in my boxing career. He knows everything about me; the ability to know me inside and out, understand my state of mind while I’m in the ring, knowing how to push me to be better, and bring the best out of me is not something I take for granted.  I know a lot of father-son relationships in boxing do have their differences and we do as well, but at the end of the day we both want what’s best for me. We have arguments but we get over them and focus on the ultimate goal: to be the best at what we do. We just need to keep our ultimate goal in mind and everything else will work itself out.


Q: What leisure activities do you enjoy when you’re away from the gym?

I enjoy listening to different genres of music like rap, hip hop, and Latin music. I also like to take vacations to California so I can fish and ride jet skis with family and friends.


Q: If you could name one fight (past or present) or fighter (current or retired) that has inspired you, what fight, or fighter would you choose?

There are too many fighters that have inspired me to name just one. Robert Duran is one of my all-time favorite fighters. Floyd Mayweather’s work ethic and strong mindset are admirable and characteristics that I strive to implement during the course of my career. I have respect for Mikey Garcia’s decision making in the sport as well as the investments he’s making for life beyond boxing. In a recent podcast, Mikey spoke of his investments in the real estate market that similarly align with my goals for the future. Lastly, Manny Pacquiao is an inspiration who worked hard to make something out of nothing.

The most inspiring fight is the first matchup between Diego Corrales vs. Jose Luis Castillo. After being knocked down twice in the ninth round, Corrales got himself together and rallied for the win, stopping Castillo in round ten to win the fight. This fight is proof that if you have heart, there’s nothing you can’t bounce back from.


Q: What words of advice would you share with someone who wants to pursue a career path as a professional fighter/athlete?

First and foremost, you must love boxing. Boxing is more than a career or a sport, it’s a lifestyle. Additionally, you should never give up on your dreams no matter what. Keep pushing yourself daily so that you get one step closer to your goals and continue to conquer new heights.



Historically, we have seen many father-son duos that have built champions in the sport of boxing. WBO Junior Featherweight Champion Angelo Leo and his father, Miguel Leo, are another duo to be added to the legendary books. Miguel Leo noticed a spark and undeniable talent in his son when he was in the amateurs and he encouraged him to pursue a career the sport. Despite the rough upbringing that Miguel had growing up, which didn’t allow him to practice the sport, he knew that he wanted to ensure his son had the opportunity to pursue a career in boxing. We caught up with the WBO champion’s father Miguel Leo who shared with us when he knew his son was going to be the next big thing in boxing, the pros and cons of being a trainer and father, and what advice he gives his son before he enters the ring.



Can you tell us a little about yourself and your upbringing?

One of the main things about me is that I have a great passion for the sport of boxing, which is one of the main reasons why I introduced my son to the sport at a young age. My upbringing was a little difficult, it wasn’t all good. Growing up I was never a boxer, but I loved boxing and had some bags at my house that my uncles hung up for me when I was young. I used to hit the bags a lot and even went to the gym a few times, but my mother didn’t like me to be going there much. She was a single parent, my dad wasn’t around, she didn’t want me to be a boxer and that is the main reason why I didn’t become one or pursue it further.




You are originally from Mexico and grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. What inspired your big move to Las Vegas?

I was born in Mexico, but my mom moved me to Albuquerque when I was around 4 years old. I moved out to Las Vegas to give Angelo a better shot at having a successful boxing career. I wanted him to be a part of the Mayweather team because to me that was the best career move for him. Being that Floyd Mayweather is the best fighter in the world and being around him and watching him train, I figured that would be the best opportunity for us. Seeing where Angelo’s career is now, this was the best decision for us. We were having trouble everywhere else. We had started in LA and then in Albuquerque we didn’t get much of an opportunity there because it’s a small town and it’s a lot harder to get any fights there.





At what age did you think your son had the “IT” factor in boxing, and what led you to push him to pursue the sport as a career?

It was around his first fight, it was an unsanctioned fight, he fought a kid with 5 fights and won. From there everything just played out. As Angelo got older, he started to want to box more. He loved to box and loved to train. The more he was winning in the amateurs and me taking him to California for regional and national tournaments, that motivated him more to pursue his career in boxing.




What are some key words of advice you gave Angelo before he began his professional career?

I told him that he could accomplish anything in life if he just really puts his mind to it and works hard at it.



You are Angelo’s head trainer. How is it being his father and playing such an important role in his career?

It is very difficult; I’m not going to say it’s not. Sometimes I go in with a mentality as a trainer, but he sees me as his father when he should be viewing me as a trainer at that time like when we are working in the gym. It can be a little difficult at times, but we’ve learned to work through it. It’s just like boxing, you have to learn to adjust.




Often we see fathers play a role as head trainers to fighters, what are the challenges that you are faced with and what are the pros and cons?

 Being in there and watching my son fight can be very nerve-racking. I don’t like to see my son getting hit. At the same time I have to realize that he feeds off of my energy so I have to remain as calm as possible to motivate him. One of the biggest pros to being his head trainer is that I know Angelo better than anyone else knows him. I’m able to motivate him in ways that I believe other trainers wouldn’t be able to motivate him. I know his strengths and weaknesses better than anyone else.

What are your favorite leisure activities outside of the gym?

There’s a lot of things I like to do outside of boxing, I’m a very outdoor kind of guy. I like to go hiking, fishing, and I have a metal detector so sometimes I go metal detecting. I like to keep my mind off other things and stay positive. I actually do more of it now during the pandemic so that I can get out of the house.





AND THE NEW! Angelo has recently become the WBO Jr. Featherweight Champion, how much does this accomplishment mean to you?

It means the world to me! Him accomplishing becoming a world champion is one of the goals that we had set up when we started the boxing journey together.


We pride ourselves in staying connected with our fans around the world. This quarter, we couldn’t choose just 1 fan, so we chose 2! Read below to learn more about this quarter’s fans, Jamal Davis and Elijah Austin, as they open up about their favorite Mayweather Promotions’ fighters.

Jamal Davis

Jamal Davis began his love for the sport of boxing as a child. Over time, he developed a greater understanding of the sport that enhanced his love for the sport. When he’s not busy working as an armed security guard in Baltimore, he’s raising a family and keeping up with his favorite MP fighter, Malik Hawkins. Find out what skillset Malik Hawkins’ possesses that continually impresses Jamal.

Q: Tell us how you first got introduced to Malik Hawkins and how long you have been a fan.

A:  I’ve been a fan of Malik Hawkins for 3 years now, but recently had the opportunity to him meet and introduce myself at an open workout hosted for Gervonta “Tank” Davis’ at Upton Boxing Gym.

Q: Which Malik Hawkins fight tops your list? What did you enjoy about Malik Hawkins’ performance in the ring?

A: Malik’s fight versus Darwin Price tops my list as a favorite. Malik imposed his power on Price, which kept him running. Eventually, the running caught up with him, and Malik walked away victorious.

Q: What skill does Malik Hawkins possess that is his biggest weapon in the ring?

A:  Malik has a lot of tools in his arsenal, but his biggest weapon is his attack on the body. I know those body shots leave fighters wondering if his hands are made of steel.

Q: Have you seen Malik Hawkins fight live? If so, how was that experience. If you haven’t, describe your ideal experience.

A:  I’ve never seen him fight live, but I can’t wait to attend a fight in person after the pandemic ends. Seeing Malik fight in person would be a great experience. I’d love to watch him put in work and win a prestigious championship belt while I’m there.


Q: Choose one word to describe Malik Hawkins and tell us why you chose it.

A:  If I could choose one word that describes Malik it would be talented. I chose the word talented because Malik’s potential has no ceiling; he takes the time to perfect his craft and gets better with each fight.

Q: What would you like to see Malik Hawkins accomplish professionally?

A: I would like to see Malik as an accomplished world champion which would allow him to receive more notoriety in the sport.

Q: In your opinion, how has Malik Hawkins positively impacted the sport of boxing?

A: In a short amount of time, Malik has made his impact on the sport by proving that you don’t need a gimmick to succeed. Hard work and dedication is all you need. He’s maintained a clean image, has respect for himself and others in the sport, and is a great role model for up and coming fighters.

Q: If you could spend the day with him what would your day consist of?

A: I know Malik likes to play basketball so we would spend the day hooping. I also think it would be a great experience to see what a day in Malik’s shoes is like. The experience would be similar to a police ride along.

Q: Is there any positive advice you’d give to Malik Hawkins going into his next fight?

A: If I could give Malik any positive advice ahead of his next fight, it would recommend more head movement so he’s less of a target and has an easier time preventing punches from landing. I would also advise him to choose his shots wisely and take more time to set up his punches. Slow and steady wins the race.

Q: How has Malik Hawkins inspired you?

A: Malik inspired me to keep watching young, up and coming talent. Fighters aiming to rise through the rankings have a passion and grit for the sport that is often lost when they reach the elite level.





Elijah Austin

Elijah Austin of Niagara Falls is a full-time factory worker who also boxes competitively as an amateur. Elijah began boxing at age 15 and has amassed victories at notable tournaments like the New York State Golden Gloves. Elijah ranks Lionell Thompson as his top Mayweather Promotions’ fighter. Like himself, Lionell hails from the nearby streets of Buffalo, and has been a true inspiration to Elijah as he continues his journey in the sweet science. Find out more about what Elijah has to say about his favorite fighter below.


Q: Tell us how you first got introduced to Lionell Thompson and how long you have been a fan.

A: I first met Lionell in 2019 at the NY Golden Gloves through Don Patterson, a longtime boxing coordinator at Northwest Buffalo Community Center and the New York State Golden Gloves President.  I had already been a fan for a few years, but it was great meeting Lionell in person.

Q: Which Lionell Thompson fight tops your list? What did you enjoy about Lionell Thompson’s performance in the ring?

A: My favorite fight of Lionell would be his last against Jose Uzcategui. He showed his true boxing ability during that fight and silenced anyone who didn’t think he could beat Uzcategui, who was described as a true brawler in the ring leading up to their fight.

Q:  What skill does Lionell Thompson possess that is his biggest weapon in the ring?

A: Lionell’s biggest weapon in the ring is his jab. It’s fast, unpredictable, and strong.


Q: Have you seen Lionell Thompson fight live? If so, how was that experience. If you haven’t, describe your ideal experience.

A: I have never witnessed a live performance by Lionell, but when I get the chance, I imagine he will provide us with a skillful fight to watch, and the atmosphere in the arena will be great.

Q: Choose one word to describe Lionell Thompson and tell us why you chose it.

A: One word I would use to describe Lionell is “strategic”. He punches are planned, so he sets his opponents up and makes them box at his pace.

Q: What would you like to see Lionell Thompson accomplish professionally?

A: I would like to see Lionell come out victorious after being given a title shot.

Q: If you could spend the day with him what would your day consist of?

A: Lionell and I are both boxers of similar weight classes, so I would like to spend the day sparring. It would be a great way to learn different techniques in the ring that Lionell’s willing to share with me.

Q: Is there any positive advice you’d give to Lionell Thompson going into his next fight?

A:  I’d tell Lionell to stay focused and give praise to God before and after the fight.

Q: How has Lionell Thompson inspired you?

A: Lionell has inspired me by showing myself and others from upstate NY that goals are accomplished through consistency, hard work, and dedication.



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