Roger Mayweather (April 24, 1961 – March 17, 2020) was an American boxing trainer
and professional boxer
who competed from 1981 to 1999. He was a two-weight world champion, having held the WBA
and lineal super featherweight
titles from 1983 to 1984, and the WBC light welterweight
title from 1987 to 1989. Additionally he held the IBO
light welterweight title in 1994, and the IBO welterweight
title from 1994 to 1995.
Mayweather was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Bernice (Ambrose) and Theartha Mayweather. He was a part of the Mayweather boxing family
: his brothers are Floyd Mayweather Sr.
and Jeff Mayweather
, and his nephew is Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Roger served as Mayweather Jr.'s trainer from 2000 to 2012. Under Roger's guidance Floyd Mayweather Jr. then went on to become one of the biggest names in the sport of boxing and one of the pound for pound greats.
Super featherweight and lightweight
Mayweather, who was 64–4 as an amateur
, made his professional debut on July 29, 1981 against Andrew Ruiz. Mayweather won by technical knockout
(TKO) in the first round. In his thirteenth fight, Mayweather beat Ruben Muñoz Jr. for the IBF
After improving his record to 14–0, Mayweather earned a title shot on January 19, 1983 against lineal
and WBA super featherweight champion
, Samuel Serrano
. Serrano entered the bout with a record of 49–3–1 and had lost only once since first winning the title in 1976. Nonetheless, Mayweather led on all three judges' scorecards before he beat Serrano by TKO in round eight and effectively ended Serrano's career.
Mayweather made two successful title defenses against Jorge Alvarado and Benedicto Villablanca
before suffering his first loss via first-round knockout
against Rocky Lockridge
on February 22, 1984.
Mayweather won the IBF-USBA super featherweight title when he gave Kenny Baysmore
his first loss, by TKO in round three. Thus, Mayweather earned the opportunity to fight against WBC super featherweight champion
, Julio César Chávez
, on July 7, 1985. Although Mayweather won the first round on the judges' scorecards, he was knocked down twice in round two and lost by TKO.
On November 28, 1986, Mayweather beat Sammy Fuentes
for the WBC Continental Americas lightweight title. In his next bout, on March 28, 1987, Mayweather fought against Pernell Whitaker
for the WBC-NABF
lightweight title. Mayweather was knocked down in round one, but he knocked down Whitaker in round nine. Whitaker won by unanimous decision
After Mayweather moved up to the light welterweight
division, he fought against WBC light welterweight champion
, Rene Arredondo
, on November 12, 1987. Mayweather led on the scorecards and knocked down Arredondo three times in round six to win by TKO.
Mayweather made four successful title defenses before he encountered Mexican champion Julio César Chávez again on May 13, 1989. Prior to this fight, Mayweather was being called by several boxing writers as "The Mexican assassin" due to his numerous wins over Mexican fighters during the last few years. Chávez was still undefeated at the time, and with a 63–0 record, he was becoming a legend. Mayweather retired after round ten due to the body damage inflicted by Chávez.
Mayweather won the WBA Americas light welterweight title on April 5, 1990 from Ildemar Paisan. He fought Rafael Pineda
for the vacant IBF light welterweight title
on December 7, 1991, but he lost by KO in round nine.
On March 14, 1993, Mayweather beat former WBA lightweight champion
, Livingstone Bramble
by corner stoppage in round five. Bramble had defeated Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini
twice for the title in the mid-1980s.
Mayweather defeated Eduardo Montes for the IBO light welterweight title
by third-round KO on May 28, 1994. Less than three weeks later, he defeated Marco Antonio Ramirez by TKO in round three.
In his next fight, against Johnny Bizzarro on August 4, 1994, Mayweather won the IBO welterweight title
by unanimous decision. He defended the belt once in 1995.
On June 25, 1995, Mayweather fought the 14–0 Kostya Tszyu
for the IBF light welterweight title. Tszyu won by unanimous decision.
Mayweather won his last title—the IBA
welterweight title—on March 12, 1997, when he beat Carlos Miranda via twelfth-round TKO. Mayweather's final bout was a majority decision
victory over Javier Francisco Mendez on May 8, 1999. He ended his career with a total of nine major and minor titles in four weight classes.
When asked about his ring nickname, Roger stated:
"It's funny because I wanted a boxing nickname that wouldn’t be common to most people. One day when I was flipping through channels and I came upon this channel showing different reptiles, and they were showing the black mamba
, one of the most deadly snakes in the world. I loved the way the mamba attacked so quietly, but when he hit you he just hit you one time and the poison was in you. That reminded me of myself right there."
When Floyd Mayweather Jr
. turned pro in 1996, Roger Mayweather turned his attention away from his own competitive boxing career and focused more on being the younger Mayweather's trainer. Roger trained Floyd Jr. until early 1998, when Floyd Mayweather Sr.
was released from prison and became Mayweather Jr's trainer. However, soon after Mayweather defeated Gregorio Vargas
on March 18, 2000, Mayweather Jr. fired Mayweather Sr. as his trainer and brought uncle Roger back.
Roger Mayweather garnered national attention during and after Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Zab Judah
on April 8, 2006. Near the conclusion of the tenth round, Judah hit Mayweather with a left hand that was clearly below the belt
and followed up with a right-handed rabbit punch
. After referee Richard Steele
called time with five seconds remaining in the round, Roger Mayweather entered the ring, but was restrained by Steele. Judah's father and trainer, Yoel Judah
, entered the ring and swung at Roger. Zab then went after Roger—taking a swing and grappling with him until security broke it up and cleared the ring. Roger was ejected, but the boxers finished the remaining two rounds, and Mayweather won by unanimous decision. Five days after the fight, the Nevada State Athletic Commission
decided not to overturn the result of the bout, but Roger Mayweather was fined US $
200,000 and suspended for one year.
Mayweather was arrested on August 2009 in Las Vegas
for allegedly attacking one of his former boxers, female boxer Melissa St. Vil
. Mayweather allegedly hit her several times in the ribs, then tried to choke her, causing her to spit up blood when police arrived. Appearing on the HBO
", Mayweather admitted to choking St. Vil
in an effort to restrain her, but denied that he physically struck her.
Mayweather died on March 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada
at age 58, after years of deteriorating health. Floyd opened up about Roger's health back in 2015, and thinks that boxing is the main cause of it. "My uncle Roger Mayweather has lost a lot of memory from the sport of boxing, he's only in his 50s, but it seems like he's an old man in his 80s." Floyd said.Il ricordo El boxeo de luto: excampeón Roger Mayweather falleció a los 58 años
Professional boxing record
*List of super featherweight boxing champions
*List of light welterweight boxing champions
*List of WBA world champions
*List of WBC world champions
*List of IBO world champions
*List of boxing families#United States
Roger Mayweather's letter to the NSAC
at Cyber Boxing Zone
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