Floyd Mayweather made his UK debut at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday night, but the fight was far from a sell-out. The American boxer, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time, was taking on British fighter Tom Chalmers in a 10-round bout.
The fight was billed as a ‘super fight’, but the reality was far from it. The O2 Arena was far from full, with many fans staying away from what was seen as a ‘sham’ fight. Mayweather was the overwhelming favourite to win the bout, and he did not disappoint.
The American dominated the fight from the outset, using his superior speed and power to outclass Chalmers. Mayweather was in control throughout, and the fight was stopped in the ninth round after Chalmers was knocked down for the third time.
The result was never in doubt, and Mayweather was declared the winner by technical knockout. After the fight, Mayweather said he was “happy to be here in the UK” and thanked the fans for their support.
The result was a disappointment for Chalmers, who had been hoping to make a name for himself by beating the legendary Mayweather. However, he was gracious in defeat, saying “I gave it my all and I’m proud of my performance”.
The fight was a huge letdown for British boxing fans, who had been hoping to see a competitive bout between two of the world’s best fighters. Instead, they were left with a one-sided affair that was over before it had really begun.
The result was a huge blow to the reputation of British boxing, and it is likely to have a lasting impact on the sport in the UK. It is now up to the promoters to ensure that future fights are competitive and entertaining, and that the fans get the fights they deserve.