Three weeks ago, Floyd Mayweather Jr. indicated that he would participate in an exhibition bout next month. Not long thereafter, the former world champion told fans that he would share the ring with Muy Thai fighter Liam Harrison in an exhibition bout at the O2 Arena in London. However, the bout was immediately canceled after Harrison told fans that he had suffered an injury that would prevent him from fighting.
“Devastatingly, my knee just won’t allow it. Discussions about the fight started a few days ago with the Mayweather team and I honestly thought I would be ok in a boxing fight, even with needing surgery on my knee,” Harrison stated.
“I upped my training as soon as discussions started and had some hard sparring and pads but almost immediately my knee had ballooned up and I can’t walk. Hitting pads is fine but the movement and agility needed to spar and especially fight just isn’t possible.”
With Harrison unable to compete, Mayweather Jr. was left to find a new opponent. Ultimately, his team found a new opponent, Aaron “The Joker” Chalmers. Best known for his appearances on Ex On The Beach and Geordie Shore, Chalmers has professional mixed martial arts experience. Spending a portion of his career with Bellator, Chalmers amassed a record of 5-2. However, he does not have any professional boxing experience.
Chalmers will make his debut in a boxing ring opposite of Mayweather Jr. at the O2 Arena on February 25, 2023.