Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Henry Bruseles

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2005-01-22 : Floyd Mayweather Jr 139 lbs beat Henry Bruseles 138¾ lbs by TKO at 2:55 in round 8 of 12


Referee stops fight in eighth
ESPN.com, January 27, 2005

MIAMI -- With a precision attack, Floyd Mayweather Jr. took another step forward in his pursuit of a third world title.

Mayweather remained unbeaten with an eighth-round technical knockout of overmatched challenger Henry Bruseles in a 12-round junior welterweight clash at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Mayweather (33-0, 22 KOs), a former WBC super featherweight and lightweight champion, improved to 2-0 since moving to the 140-pound division and notched his first knockout at the new level. In this one, he never was threatened, methodically battering his opponent from the start.

"I feel real good right now," Mayweather said.

With the win, Mayweather sets up a proposed June bout with WBC champion Arturo Gatti, assuming Gatti gets past James Leija next weekend. Mayweather, however, seems to be looking to bigger and better things.

"I'm told that [Shane] Mosley and [Oscar] De La Hoya are going to 147," Mayweather said. "I plan to join them there."

The end came late in the eighth for Bruseles (21-3-1) as referee Jorge Alonzo stopped the fight just before the round expired.

Mayweather delivered a right uppercut with less than a minute left in the round, forcing a standing eight-count. After Bruseles gathered himself, Mayweather strutted forward before unleashing a left hook to finish off his opponent.

The ring doctor had Alonzo stop the one-sided affair with five seconds left in the round.

"I just took my time and listened to my corner," said Mayweather, who had a heated exchange with uncle and trainer Roger Mayweather after the fifth round. "I knew I was going to drown [Bruseles] in deep water eventually."

Mayweather brushed off the argument in his corner.

"I trained hard for this fight," he said. "It was no dispute, we were just having fun. [Roger] is the best trainer in the world and we know it."

"I told him to go to the body and close the show," said Roger Mayweather.

Since winning three straight in a seven-month span from 2003-04, Bruseles has had only a draw and this sound defeat. [1]