FLOYD MAYWEATHER has CONFIRMED he will fight YouTuber Deji in a shock exhibition bout in Dubai – before eyeing a rematch with Conor McGregor
The boxing legend has spoken out for the first time since it emerged he was in talks with Deji, brother to social media sensation KSI.Floyd Mayweather has confirmed he will fight YouTuber Deji in an exhibition bout in Dubai[/caption]
He told TMZ Sports: “This Saturday – which in Japan – will be Sunday, I have an exhibition against a helluva fighter from Japan.
“I think he’s big in UFC and big on YouTube, so in the US, that will be Saturday but Japan it will be Sunday.
“And then I got one with the guy Deji – I want to make sure that his name is right – Deji, right?
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“Yes, Deji. We will be doing an exhibition in Dubai at the Coca-Cola Arena and that is in November.”
Deji, 25, most recently beat American Fousey, 32, which followed on a run of THREE losses.
It has somehow put him in line to face the self-proclaimed Best Ever, 45, in the Middle East.
Mayweather himself returns on the weekend in Japan in a three-round exhibition against MMA star Mikuru Asakura, 30.
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It will be his fourth exhibition since retiring professionally in 2017 after beating ex-UFC champion McGregor, 34.
Mayweather has faced featherweight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, 24, Logan Paul, 27, and ex-sparring partner Don Moore.
But he could return for the first time to defend his historic 50-0 record amid talks for a rematch with McGregor.
He said: “Yes, it came to my attention. They talked about it being in Vegas, at the Allegiant Stadium.
“They talked about it being at the Allegiant Stadium. But if I’m not mistaken, Conor still has a problems with his leg.
“If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen in 2023, not 2022.
Yes, Deji. We will be doing an exhibition in Dubai at the Coca-Cola Arena and that is in November.Floyd Mayweather
“So this year I got an exhibition this Saturday, which will be in the US and once again it’s Sunday in Japan.
“Then after that in November I’ve got another exhibition in Dubai at the Coca-Cola Arena.
“And then hopefully me and Conor McGregor can lock up again in 2023, in a real fight actually.”
Mayweather has not fought in a sanctioned bout since stopping McGregor, 34, in ten rounds, earning almost £300m in the process.
And he would demand a similar payday if he is to give his Irish rival a crack at his undefeated streak again.
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Mayweather said: “If the price is right. Of course, they already talked to me about the number that I’m going to receive.
“Of course, it’s nine-figures and probably – I don’t want to say huge in the nine-figures – but we have to at least start at $100million for Floyd Mayweather.”