Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Emmanuel Augustus – Highlights (Amazing, Underrated SLUGFEST)


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October 21st, 2000. 23 year old reigning WBC Super Featherweight Champion “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather Jr takes on “The Drunken Master” Emanuel Augustus in a highly underrated and one of the most difficult bouts in the undefeated career of Floyd Mayweather Jr.

This fight was contested at a 134 pound catchweight, thus Mayweather’s WBC title is not on the line.

Prefight records; Mayweather 23(17)-0, Burton 22(10)-16-4.

In October 1998, 21 year old Mayweather won the WBC Super Featherweight Championship via RTD8 against Genaro Hernández. He made 5 successful consecutive title defenses over Angel Manfredy, Carlos Rios, Justin Juuko, Carlos Gerena & Gregorio Vargas from December 1998 to March 2000.

At this juncture of his career, Mayweather fights averagely once in 3 or 4 months but this time he had a 7 month layoff; the longest period of time he had been inactive. On the other hand, Augustus last fought 2 months prior to this fight.

Going into the fight, 96% of fans voted for Floyd Mayweather Jr to win while only 4% favored Augustus in an online poll.

From the opening bell, the fight was filled with non stop action despite the fact that it was one sided; largely in Mayweather’s favor. Despite taking tremendous punishment throughout the fight, Augustus remained game and even managed to hurt Mayweather and stayed competitive although he arguably did not win a single round.

Floyd was most dominant in the 7th round; landing 45 out of 91 punches thrown while Augustus merely landed 6 out of 64.

Augustus was largely unable to keep up with a prime Mayweather’s pace, rhythm and boxing skills. He also hurt both his hands during the fight, with his right hand practically “gone” at one point thus relying mostly on his left. Mayweather also hurt his right hand, towards the end of the fight.

In the 9th round, after Augustus was badly staggered with a barrage of punches and his corner threw in the towel to prevent their man from taking more punishment. At the time of the stoppage, Augustus was bleeding from both nostrils and his left ear with his face badly swollen.

In a 2012 interview via conference call, Floyd Mayweather stated that Emanuel Augustus was his toughest opponent up to that point of his career;

“I’m going to rate Emanuel Augustus first compared to all the guys that I’ve faced,” Mayweather said.
“He didn’t have the best record in the sport of boxing, he has never won a world title, but he came to fight.”

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