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Elder Mayweather Is Fined $200,000

The trainer's license is revoked as well over his involvement in a melee during Saturday's IBF title fight.

April 14, 2006|From the Associated Press

LAS VEGAS — Trainer Roger Mayweather was fined $200,000 Thursday and his license was revoked because he stepped into the ring and triggered a brawl during last weekend's International Boxing Federation welterweight title fight between his nephew Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Zab Judah.

The Nevada Athletic Commission gave Roger Mayweather the suspension and the maximum financial penalty -- his share of the $5-million purse awarded to his nephew for his win.

The trainer, a former 140-pound champion known as the Black Mamba in his fighting days, entered the ring in the last seconds of the 10th round after his nephew was caught by a low blow and then a punch to the back of the head. Referee Richard Steele restrained him, but both camps surged into the ring.

Debris rained down from the fans as officials tried to restore order.

"It took courage to come before us today," said Skip Avansino, the commission chairman. "But I also acknowledge your egregious behavior, which really incited and started the entire melee on Saturday night."

Afterward, Roger Mayweather said he was disappointed and would try to appeal, which entails taking his complaint to a state district court. After a year he can apply to have his license reinstated.

"When I went into the ring, the round was over, at least I thought the round was over," he said.

The commission also released the remaining $1 million of the $5-million purse due Floyd Mayweather Jr., which it had withheld after the fight..

The commission also decided to continue to withhold Judah's $250,000 guaranteed purse while it considers disciplining him for unsportsmanlike conduct.

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