“They’ve Seen Me Work”: Days After Debut Triumph, Floyd Mayweather’s Protege Curmel Moton Contemplates Title Fight

Published 10/06/2023, 2:18 AM EDT

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Floyd Mayweather‘s protege Curmel Moton has successfully made his professional debut. Ahead of his maiden pro fight, Mayweather called out Leigh Wood and asked the WBA Featherweight champion to be Curmel’s debut bout. Declaring how Moton was meant for greatness, Mayweather claimed Wood vs. Moton would be “a good match-up“.

While Moton, of course, did not ultimately fight Wood in his debut, he certainly wants to face the WBA champion in his next pro fight. In a recent interview with Fight Hype, following his latest TKO win against Ezequiel Flores, Moton expressed his interest in facing Wood. In addition, he declared he would become a better boxer than Naoya Inoue in the sport.

Curmel Moton looks forward to fighting Leigh Wood next


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Besides Mayweather calling out Wood, Shakur recently made a comparison between Unified Super Bantamweight Champion, Naoya Inoue and Curmel Moton. In light of Mayweather’s belief and Stevenson’s comparison, Moton recently expressed faith in his abilities. In his opinion. since Floyd and Stevenson have seen him work, they know what Moton brings. “Yeah, obviously. All these champions are saying things like these. They’ve seen me work. Shakur’s been in the ring with me. So, he knows what I bring,” said Moton.

Floyd has been in the gym with me, seen me spar, he’s worked with me on the bag. So he knows too. So, yeah, I definitely would still be looking forward to fighting Leigh Wood,” added the 17-year-old who impressed the fans with his debut win. While Stevenson compared Moton to Inoue, the 17-year-old declared he aspired to become an even better boxer than the Unified Super Bantamweight champion.

Moton wants to be “more successful” than Naoya Inoue


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Speaking to Fight Hype, Moton clarified that he did not mean to call out Inoue. Besides praising the Japanese boxer, Moton announced he planned to exceed ‘Monster’. “I wasn’t calling him out. I was just basically saying that by the time I’m his age, I plan to be a lot better fighter than him, more successful. It was nothing about fighting Inoue. I just made my debut,” added Moton. At this, having reiterated his interest in Wood, Moton branded Inoue “one of the best pound-for-pound” in the sport.

Curmel has an impressive amateur record of 156-7 while Naoya Inoue has won twenty two of his twenty five fights through knockout. Both happen to be one of the most skilled fighters in the sport.


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With Moton’s statements out, we can only wait for Wood. Let’s see whether or not Wood reciprocates Moton’s interest. Meanwhile, what do you make of Moton’s words? Let us know in the comments below.

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Samrat Sardar


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Samrat Sardar is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. As an experienced commercial writer and athlete himself, Samrat brings a unique perspective and a deep passion for boxing to his work. He holds a post-graduation degree and has over 800 articles to his credit.
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