Gloucestershire boxer's dream trip to Floyd Mayweather's gym
CHAMPION boxer Scott Gibbins junior had a dream come true when he trained with a host of world-class stars at Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather’s star-studded boxing gym in Las Vegas.
The 21-year-old light-heavyweight from Cheltenham grabbed his opportunity with both hands after being invited to the unbeaten superstar’s headquarters by his uncle and former world champion Jeff.
Mayweather confirmed himself an all-time great with victory over Saul Alvarez in their WBC world light-middleweight and WBA Super world light-middleweight clash to stretch his unbeaten run to 45 fights.
A member of Gloucester Boxing Club, amateur Gibbins hooked up with the likes of current WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner during his unforgettable ten-day spell at Mayweather Boxing Club.
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“I had a Facebook message and an email saying they wanted to me come over and train for a month,” he said.
“I didn’t really have the sponsorship to go over for a month so I went over for 10 days.
“I trained with Jeff Mayweather and I also trained with Floyd Mayweather senior, who gave me some great advice and said that I had a big future in the sport as long as I kept going over there and sticking to them.
“I trained with Adrien Broner – Floyd Mayweather’s next opponent, supposedly – and Ishe Smith and Ashley Theopane, basically all the Money team.
“I saw Floyd briefly, but didn’t train with him or anything like that.
“I was the first Brit they’ve had over there in four and a half years.
“When I went in and saw Adrien Broner, I was going, ‘There’s Broner’, but everyone else was just getting on with it because they’re used to that.
“You just have to get used to it.
“They had the idea that everyone in England has lots of money and have their own businesses.
“If that was the case I’d have been on a beach in Barbados, not in that gym!
“The style of boxing is just so different.
“Over here you’re more on your toes, but in America you’ve got to be more plant-feeted, looking for the big shots and they finish with a lot of hooks and upper-cuts.”
Gibbins won gold at the Haringey Box Cup for top amateurs from around the world last year.
The two-time ABA quarter-finalist and 2011 West of England champion, who plans to turn professional next year, is hoping to return to the Mayweather camp.
“Jeff Mayweather invited me over the first time, but after watching me train it’s Floyd Mayweather Senior who wants me back over there every six months to keep a close eye on me,” he said.
“If they sign me I’ll be part of the Money team.”
To make the trip to Las Vegas possible, Gibbins received support from Adapt Heating, Homecare Property Maintenance, Ken Pink Plant Hire, Indian Brassiere in Bath Road and The Beehive in Prestbury.