No matter what time of the day it is, when Floyd Mayweather calls – you answer.
American super-middleweight Denis Douglin did exactly that when the pound-for-pound legend gave him a ring at 1am in the morning, and before he knew it he was on his way to The Mayweather Gym for a late-night sparring session.
Mayweather, who became a five-weight world champion in his iconic 21-year career, enjoys being put through his paces in the early hours and Douglin was more than happy to accept his challenge.
“[Mayweather] called me up around 1 in the morning,” the 32-year-old told Vegas Insider. “I know he likes to train at night. So I got up and told my mother that Mayweather wanted to spar.
“We got to the gym before him, I was walking around taking pictures and stuff. He walked in at 2 in the morning with so much energy and so excited, and he let me know that he was going to beat me up.
“He was making fun of me saying harmless stuff like: ‘Oh, you think you're so bad, you got all of those muscles, but I’m still going to beat you up’.
“I thought as much as I look up to this man I can't wait to get into the ring and put it on him. And I love the fact that he was excited to beat me up, it was like an honour to have Mayweather talking bad about me.
“The first three rounds were great work, still talking trash back and forth to each other, and then in the fourth round he said: ‘let's turn the bell off, we're going to spar until you quit’.
“I was like: ‘Floyd, as much as I love you, if we turn this bell off and spar until I quit, we're going to be here all day because I'm never going to quit’. So he turned the bell off and we just sparred non-stop; no bell, no-one calling time, and we just worked worked worked, we were in there for like 30 minutes.
“I landed on him and it was very good sparring. The people that were there were saying we've never seen someone pushing Floyd that much. My mum was happy, Floyd was happy.
Mayweather, now 43, hung up his gloves after stopping Conor McGregor in a lucrative crossover bout with the UFC superstar back in August 2017.
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The self-proclaimed Best Ever has only taken part in an exhibition contest since, which saw him topple Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve in 2018.
However, Douglin believes Mayweather could still compete with the young champions of today.
He added: “The last time we sparred was probably three years ago for his exhibition match in Asia and I kind of felt like [Mayweather] was slowing down a little bit. This time he felt sharp, he felt strong, his stamina was great.
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“It was almost like he's getting better. Everything that he’s going through in his life is making him more focused on boxing.
“I think he could still hang with the top guys. There's no reason to try because he's already proven himself, but if he wanted to, he could still do it.
“With Errol Spence at his best, Floyd can still compete with him 100 per cent.”
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