On September 30th, during a boxing event headlined by the Saul Alvarez vs. Jermell Charlo showdown, 17-year-old American Karmel Moton made his boxing debut. In very first round, he knocked out the previously undefeated Ezekiel Flores (4-1, 3 KOs).
Floyd Mayweather introduced Karmel to the pro scene, with the legendary boxer calling Karmel the "new Mayweather."
"I believe this guy has the potential to become the new Floyd Mayweather," said the former champion at a press conference in August 2023.
Now, Moton is eyeing a title shot, going as far as namedropping the current WBA super featherweight champion:
"I had a blast during my debut and can't wait to do it again. I'm also eagerly anticipating a bout with Li Wood," Moton stated in an interview with FightHype.
Wood's name was also mentioned by Moton's team before his debut. Back in August, Floyd Mayweather challenged the champion:
"Li Wood, I have a super featherweight, Karmel Moton, for you. He's turning pro, and we're taking risks to achieve greatness.
Eddie Hearn is a savvy businessman, and I'm a shrewd businessman. Our guy might have a record of 0-0, but we'll accept this fight. I'm putting all the money on the table for both sides. My boxer is just 17 years old, but he's destined for greatness," Mayweather said.
Wood declined the offer back then, as did his promoter Eddie Hearn.
Li Wood's most recent fight was on October 7th when he defended his belt, knocking out Josh Warrington in the final seconds of the seventh round. Moton's next fight is tentatively scheduled for late November, as part of the undercard for Benavidez vs. Andrade. Additionally, Floyd Mayweather has hinted that the young talent is likely to feature on the undercard of his exhibition match, expected at the end of 2023.