Roger Mayweather

Roger Mayweather
Roger Mayweather.jpg
 Mayweather in 2010
Statistics
Real nameRoger L. Mayweather
Nickname(s)Black Mamba
Weight(s)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1961-04-24)April 24, 1961
Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
DiedMarch 17, 2020(2020-03-17) (aged 58)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights72
Wins59
Wins by KO35
Losses13

Roger Mayweather (April 24, 1961 – March 17, 2020)[1] 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.[2][3] 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.

Boxing career

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-USBA lightweight title.

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.[4]

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 (UD).

Light welterweight

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.

Welterweight

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.

Black Mamba

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."[5]

Training career

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.[6]

Controversy

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 series "24/7", Mayweather admitted to choking St. Vil in an effort to restrain her, but denied that he physically struck her.[7]

Death

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.[8][9]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
72 fights59 wins13 losses
By knockout356
By decision237
By disqualification10
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
72Win59–13Javier Francisco MéndezMD10May 8, 1999Club Cal Neva, Reno, Nevada, U.S.
71Win58–13Patrick ByrdUD10Nov 13, 1998Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel, Morton, Minnesota, U.S.
70Win57–13Carlos MirandaTKO12 (12), 2:51Mar 12, 1997Stadium Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.Won vacant IBA welterweight title
69Loss56–13Juan SoberanesSD10Sep 21, 1996Harrah's Laughlin, Nevada, U.S.
68Win56–12Tom McCainTKO5 (10), 1:45Aug 3, 1996Erlanger, Kentucky, U.S.
67Win55–12Clifford HicksTKO3 (10)Oct 21, 1995Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
66Loss54–12Kostya TszyuUD12Jun 25, 1995Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, AustraliaFor IBF light welterweight title
65Win54–11Mike MunginMD10Apr 30, 1995Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
64Win53–11Aaron McLaurineTKO9 (12), 2:44Feb 17, 1995Silver Nugget, North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.Retained IBO welterweight title
63Win52–11Francisco BarraTKO3 (8), 1:45Dec 29, 1994Silver Nugget, North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
62Loss51–11Ray LovatoKO2 (10), 0:39Sep 16, 1994The Aladdin, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
61Win51–10Johnny BizzarroUD12Aug 8, 1994Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.Won IBO welterweight title
60Win50–10Marco Antonio RamirezTKO3 (10), 1:35Jun 16, 1994Silver Nugget, North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
59Win49–10Eduardo MontesKO3 (12)May 28, 1994St. George, Utah, U.S.Won vacant IBO light welterweight title
58Win48–10Miguel GonzalezUD10Apr 8, 1994Flamingo Hilton, Laughlin, Nevada, U.S.Not to be confused with Miguel Ángel González
57Win47–10Nino CiriloTKO3 (10), 2:18Mar 17, 1994Silver Nugget, North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
56Win46–10Rod SequenanUD10Feb 9, 1994Silver Nugget, North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
55Win45–10Bruno RabanalesPTS10Dec 18, 1993Cancún, Mexico
54Loss44–10Darryl TysonSD12Oct 27, 1993Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.For vacant USBA light welterweight title
53Win44–9Carl GriffithUD10Jul 1, 1993The Aladdin, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
52Loss43–9Zack PadillaSD10Apr 24, 1993The Aladdin, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
51Win43–8Livingstone BrambleDQ5 (10), 1:10Mar 14, 1993The Aladdin, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Bramble disqualified after corner entered the ring too early
50Win42–8Gilberto FloresTKO3 (10)Dec 9, 1992Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
49Loss41–8Fidel AvendanoUD10Sep 28, 1992Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
48Win41–7Pedro De La CruzTKO2 (10), 2:32Aug 10, 1992Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
47Loss40–7Rafael PinedaKO9 (12), 2:00Dec 7, 1991Convention Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S.For vacant IBF light welterweight title
46Win40–6Alberto AlcarazSD10May 11, 1991Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
45Win39–6Santos MorenoTKO3 (10), 1:47Dec 27, 1990Hacienda, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
44Win38–6Mike JohnsonUD10Oct 11, 1990Bally's Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
43Win37–6Terrence AlliUD10Jul 15, 1990TropWorld Casino and Entertainment Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
42Win36–6Ildemar Jose PaisanUD12Apr 5, 1990Bally's Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Won vacant WBA Americas light welterweight title
41Win35–6Jose RiveraKO5 (10), 1:51Feb 2, 1990Bally's Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
40Loss34–6Julio César ChávezRTD10 (12), 3:00May 13, 1989Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.Lost WBC light welterweight title
39Win34–5Vinny PazienzaUD12Nov 7, 1988Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBC light welterweight title
38Win33–5Rodolfo GonzálezTKO12 (12), 2:13Sep 22, 1988Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, U.S.Retained WBC light welterweight title. Not to be confused with Rodolfo "El Gato" González.
37Win32–5Harold BrazierSD12Jun 6, 1988Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBC light welterweight title
36Win31–5Mauricio AcevesTKO3 (12), 1:32Mar 24, 1988Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, U.S.Retained WBC light welterweight title
35Win30–5Marvin GarrisTKO7 (10), 2:58Jan 5, 1988Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
34Win29–5René ArredondoTKO6 (12), 2:00Nov 12, 1987Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, U.S.Won WBC light welterweight title
33Win28–5Mitchell JulienTKO3 (10), 3:59Jul 14, 1987Bally's Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
32Win27–5Frankie DavisTKO4 (10), 0:59May 14, 1987Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
31Loss26–5Pernell WhitakerUD12Mar 28, 1987Scope, Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.For vacant NABF lightweight title
30Win26–4Sammy FuentesRTD9 (12), 3:00Nov 28, 1986Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.Won vacant WBC Continental Americas lightweight title
29Win25–4Sergio ZambranoRTD6 (10), 3:00Aug 7, 1986Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
28Win24–4Oscar BejinesRTD7 (10), 3:00Jul 3, 1986Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
27Loss23–4Freddie PendletonKO6 (10), 0:54Mar 12, 1986Sahara Hotel and Casino, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
26Win23–3Walter SimsUD10Jan 15, 1986Sahara Hotel and Casino, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
25Win22–3Mario MartinezSD10Nov 7, 1985Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
24Loss21–3Julio César ChávezTKO2 (12), 2:30Jul 7, 1985Riviera, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.For WBC super featherweight title
23Win21–2Kenny BaysmoreTKO3 (12), 1:28May 12, 1985The Oil Palace, Tyler, Texas, U.S.Won USBA super featherweight title
22Win20–2Billy WhiteTKO5 (10), 2:18Feb 28, 1985Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
21Win19–2Martin QuirozTKO3 (10), 0:21Nov 21, 1984Riviera, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
20Win18–2Efrain NievesUD10Sep 22, 1984Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse, Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
19Loss17–2Tony BaltazarUD10Jul 8, 1984Country Club, Reseda, California, U.S.
18Loss17–1Rocky LockridgeKO1 (15), 1:31Feb 26, 1984Civic Center, Beaumont, Texas, U.S.Lost WBA and The Ring super featherweight titles
17Win17–0Benedicto VillablancaKO1 (15), 3:04Aug 17, 1983Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBA and The Ring super featherweight titles
16Win16–0Jorge AlvaradoTKO8 (15)Apr 20, 1983Civic Auditorium, San Jose, California, U.S.Retained WBA and The Ring super featherweight titles
15Win15–0Samuel SerranoTKO8 (15), 2:13Jan 19, 1983Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto RicoWon WBA and The Ring super featherweight titles
14Win14–0Elmer SuttingtonTKO2 (10), 1:01Nov 17, 1982Civic Arena, St. Joseph, Missouri, U.S.
13Win13–0Ruben Munoz Jr.UD12Oct 23, 1982Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.Won USBA lightweight title
12Win12–0Frankie MoultrieTKO9 (10), 0:53Sep 30, 1982Dunes, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
11Win11–0Arturo LeonUD10Aug 18, 1982Dunes, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
10Win10–0Carlton SparrowTKO4 (12), 2:43Jul 29, 1982Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
9Win9–0Kelvin LampkinUD10May 26, 1982Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
8Win8–0Jimmy BlevinsPTS10Apr 3, 1982The Aladdin, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
7Win7–0Roberto GarciaTKO3 (8)Jan 28, 1982Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
6Win6–0Adriano ArreolaTKO6 (8)Nov 14, 1981Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
5Win5–0Vinnie HinesTKO2 (6), 1:56Nov 7, 1981Hacienda, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
4Win4–0Juan Manuel HernandezUD6Oct 21, 1981Silver Slipper, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
3Win3–0Javier BenitezKO5 (6)Sep 24, 1981Hacienda, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
2Win2–0Jaime NavaPTS8Aug 5, 1981Silver Slipper, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
1Win1–0Andrew RuizTKO1 (4)Jul 29, 1981Silver Slipper, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Preceded by
Ruben Munoz Jr.
USBA lightweight champion
October 23, 1982 – January 1983
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Jimmy Paul
Preceded by
Kenny Baysmore
USBA super featherweight champion
May 12, 1985 – July 1985
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Kenny Baysmore
Vacant
Title last held by
Darryl Tyson
WBC Continental Americas lightweight champion
November 28, 1986 – March 1987
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
John Duplessis
Minor world boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Mike Johnson
IBO light welterweight champion
May 28, 1994 – August 1994
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Lester Ellis
Preceded by
Johnny Bizzarro
IBO welterweight champion
August 4, 1994 – June 1995
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Kip Diggs
New title IBA welterweight champion
March 12, 1997 – November 1998
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Oscar De La Hoya
Major world boxing titles
Preceded by
Samuel Serrano
WBA super featherweight champion
January 19, 1983 – February 26, 1984
Succeeded by
Rocky Lockridge
Preceded by
René Arredondo
WBC light welterweight champion
November 12, 1987 – May 13, 1989
Succeeded by
Julio César Chávez