WATCH: Boxer Tries to Sucker Punch Opponent Like Floyd Mayweather But Fails

Published 12/18/2020, 7:18 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 12: Floyd Mayweather Jr. walks in the ring during his WBC/WBA welterweight title fight against Andre Berto at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)


The 23-year-old Charles Conwell pulled off an enthralling victory over Madiyar Ashkeyev at Ring City, USA’s main event. Conwell stopped Ashkeyev in round 9 after the latter’s corner wanted the fight to stop. Even though Conwell won this fight, he tried imitating Floyd Mayweather’s sucker punch on his opponent but failed miserably.

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The hilarious sequence took place in round 7. There was more than a minute left for the conclusion of round 7 and Conwell held Ashkeyev’s neck on his left side. The referee interrupted to separate both men and bring them back to the center.

Ashkeyev turned his back towards Conwell. He started walking to the middle of the ring. Conwell thought of capitalizing on the same. He sprinted towards Ashkeyev to score a huge left hand.

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In a flash, the referee shouted ‘stop.. stop’ and Conwell hold back. Post referee’s interference, Conwell gave a wicked smile to his corner. The referee warned Ashkeyev to not turn his back and walk like that. He later thanked Conwell for acknowledging his command.

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READ – Who Defeated Floyd Mayweather?

The sucker Punch controversy of Floyd Mayweather

The undefeated ‘Money’ Mayweather faced Victor Ortiz in 2011. It was one of the most highly anticipated boxing matchups of that year. Fans predicted that it would be a finish. However, they wouldn’t have expected this conclusion. Floyd ended up on the winning side of the fight, but got severely criticized for striking Ortiz with a sucker punch.

Unquestionably Mayweather entered this fight as a favorite and landed significant strikes right from the first gong. In round 4, Ortiz stuck Mayweather with a delightful combination of punches to the body and face, and with no one expecting him to do so, he cocked his head onto Mayweather’s chin and hurt him.

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 02: Floyd Mayweather Jr. reacts after the welterweight unification championship bout on May 2, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The referee deducted a point for Ortiz’s awful action. Ortiz realized his mistake and approached Mayweather with a hug. The referee didn’t really separate and send them back to their corners to resume the fight. Ortiz went to touch gloves with him again. Mayweather acted as if he was going to touch his gloves. However, in a shocker, he landed a terrifying left and right to his face to knock him out.

What Mayweather did was never really ‘illegal’ or ‘incorrect’ in the boxing rulebook. However, his sportsmanship got questioned post that win.

Even today, that fight remains a stain on ‘Money’ decorated career. Would Conwell too have had that tag had the referee not stopped him from landing that sucker punch?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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