One of the most recognizable names in boxing will be fighting again on Sunday afternoon in Dubai, in his sixth exhibition match since retiring from the sport professionally in 2017. Deji Olatunji, a popular YouTuber 20 years younger than Mayweather Jr., will be Mayweather Jr.’s (45) opponent in this matchup.
Those who enjoy betting action know about the battle because the YouTube sensation is a major underdog, even though most true boxing enthusiasts are unaware it is taking place. Let’s analyze these two competitors in greater detail and make educated guesses about what will happen on DAZN this Sunday afternoon.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. (50-0, 27 KOs) vs. Deji Olatunji (1-0, 1 KOs)
Mayweather Jr. has gone 5–0 in exhibition fights since retiring from professional boxing after his victory over Conor McGregor. However just two of the matches were considered as triumphs. Both events took held in Japan, at the Saitama Super Arena, but their MMA opponents were relatively unknown.
Mayweather Jr. has already fought and defeated Logan Paul, another YouTuber, in June of 2021, though the fight’s results were never made public. That has been the case for the most majority of his professional career, Mayweather Jr.’s height of 5’8″ will put him at a modest size disadvantage.
The star power in “Deji” is not lacking. He first gained fame as a YouTube star but has since branched out into other creative fields, including acting, music, amateur boxing, and “professional” boxing. The Englishman has an age and height advantage of twenty years and two inches, respectively.
Deji, the younger brother of viral video star KSI, has also taken up boxing but has fared much worse, losing all three of his amateur bouts. But, in August, Deji won his first professional match, which he fought against YouTuber Yousef Saleh Erakat.
After three co-main events, Deji will finally battle in the main event on Sunday, against a real, albeit aged, professional boxer. Given the obvious mismatch, betting markets have yet to fully price Mayweather Jr. as a -2000 favorite and Deji as a +750 underdog.
There is a lot of money to be made in boxing betting on a fight, but Floyd Mayweather Jr. cannot possibly lose. Mayweather Jr.’s ego and lack of training make it unlikely that the fight will last more than a few rounds.
Pick: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (-2000)