Legend Floyd Mayweather ‘would’ve suited me brilliantly but I was too risky,’ ex-world champ Junior Witter claims

    FORMER world champion Junior Witter claimed he would have BEATEN Floyd Mayweather had they got it on in the ring.

    The English brawler says Mayweather‘s style would have suited him “brilliantly” – but a fight never happened because he was “too risky”.

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    Junior Witter, right, reckons he would have got the better of Floyd Mayweather had they met in the ring[/caption]

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    Witter should have taken on Mayweather after he beat Arturo Gatti in 2005[/caption]

    To make sense of that, let’s go back to 2005.

    Mayweather had defeated Arturo Gatti to be crowned WBC junior welterweight king.

    Witter, now 48, became mandatory challenger that same year but the powers that be never forced the fight to happen.

    Mayweather, regarded by many as the pound-for-pound best the sport has seen, vacated the belt in 2006 and eventually retired with a perfect record of 50-0.

    But ‘The Hitter’ Witter, now a trainer after hanging up his gloves in 2015, thinks he could have been the one to blemish Money’s record.

    He told the Wakefield Express in 2020: “The WBC title was a whole different level of achievement and that is the one people remember me for, it took so long to get there.

    “I was the mandatory for a year, and I should have boxed Mayweather.

    “That was the fight I wanted.

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    “He moved up in weight and he didn’t have to fight me.

    “He wasn’t the fighter he had been in the last five or so years, but he was still one of the biggest names in boxing.

    “It was a fight I looked at and thought I had a very good chance of winning.

    “Styles make fights, and knowing how I boxed and how he boxes, it suited me brilliantly and I think that is why the fight didn’t happen.

    “They probably looked at it and thought it was too much of a risk for too little gain, so he moved up and I won the WBC title against DeMarcus Corley. It was surreal.”

    Witter held the WBC world title from 2006 to 2008 and retired in 2015.

    He finished with a 43-8-2 record with 23KOs.

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