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“Who Tf Is That?”: Soon After Disappointing News, Floyd Mayweather’s Protege Curmel Moton Lands Himself Under Hot Waters as “Ruthless” Footage Doesn’t Sit Well With Fans Hours Before Pro Debut at Canelo vs. Charlo

Published 09/30/2023, 9:29 PM EDT

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‘The Fight Capital of the World’ will witness 17-year-old Curmel Moton make his pro-boxing bow. The 18-time national boxing champion will step through the ropes with a huge weight of expectations, as he is a protégé of Floyd Mayweather. All eyes are set to be on this fight as it will take place on the high-profile Canelo Alvarez vs. Jermell Charlo card at the T-Mobile Arena.

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Curmel ‘Big Deal’ Moton will box Ezequiel Flores in a six-round bout. Aiming for his first professional win on his debut, he shared a video showcasing his ruthless sparring session. Some fans have shown their piqued interest in his fight, and others have hurled speculation at his boxing candidature. An Instagram Story endorsement from Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather to introduce the teenager and wish him luck certainly helped draw in eyeballs. Unfortunately, fans not in ‘Sin City’ will not be able to witness this debut as it unfolds.

Fan’s take: Does Curmel Moton have what it takes to etch a legacy?


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Boxing Scene’s Francisco A. Salazar tweeted, “A Leonard Ellerbe told me Curmel Moton will face Ezequiel Flores immediately after the main event between Canelo Alvarez and Jermell Charlo. The 17-year-old amateur standout will be making his pro debut against Flores (4-0, 4 KOs).” Moreover, fans are showing mixed reactions to Curmel Moton’s upcoming fight.

Given Curmel Moton’s amateur career and Floyd Mayweather’s name, one fan was eager to know the time of the bout and whether it would be televised. The fan said, “What time does he fight? And will it be televised?”


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The prospect of witnessing a new talent’s rise in ‘the sweet science’ was shared by another fan as well. The fan opined, “It’s gonna be fun seeing another prospect build.”

However, some skepticism exists, with one fan suggesting that only highlights where Curmel Moton looks good will be posted. As a user quipped, “Posting the parts where he looks good only lol.”

On the other hand, a third user questioned the fighter’s appeal, implying that only light-skinned individuals are interested in him. They wrote, “Only light skinned mfs care about this kid.”

Next, there’s a sense of unfamiliarity, as one fan bluntly asked, “Who tf is that?”

Overall, the fanbase seems divided but curious about Curmel Moton’s debut, but many relied on social media as this bout was not televised.

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Curmel Moton made quick work of his first opponent

Curmel Moton took to the ring after Canelo Alvarez overcame Jermell Charlo via unanimous decision. Ahead of the bout, the 17-year-old expressed his confidence but remained grounded. He said, “He’s a solid fighter. He’s gonna come ready and I’m a come ready for sure and I’m a do my thing. I feel like I’m gonna be one of the best in the world.”

In the second minute, the youngster who received special permission to compete professionally, unleashed a barrage of punches on his opponent. The end felt imminent as Flores was on the ropes and unable to return offense or defend himself.


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After giving the pugilist every chance to do so, the referee stepped in to call an end to the bout. Despite his fight not being televised, Curmel Moton announced his arrival in style.


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Written by:

Tanya Tewari


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Tanya Tewari is a Boxing Writer at Essentially Sports. She has beautifully blended her love for the combat sport with her fondness for writing. She is especially interested in bringing out the different sides of a persona to the rest of the world.
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Snigdhaa Jaiswal