John Gotti III will have to wait six months before he can step into the ring again after his post-fight brawl with Floyd Mayweather.
The Florida State Athletic Commission has handed John Gotti III a six-month suspension for his role in the violent scuffle that erupted after his exhibition boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.
Gotti III, who is the grandson of infamous mafia boss John Gotti, did not accept referee Kenny Bayless’ decision to stop the exhibition bout in the sixth round and attacked Mayweather, triggering a chaotic scene that involved both fighters’ camps at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Fla.
“The DBPR Florida Athletic Commission took immediate action the evening of Sunday, June 11, and suspended John Gotti III for six months,” a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which oversees the commission, said in a statement.
The spokesperson also said that Mayweather was not punished for his part in the incident. Gotti III could not be reached for comment.
Gotti III and Mayweather were trash talking throughout the fight, with Mayweather mocking Gotti III, who had a 5-1 MMA record and a 2-0 boxing record but was clearly outmatched by the boxing legend.
Bayless warned both fighters to calm down after the fifth round, but they continued to exchange insults. Bayless called off the fight after Gotti refused to break from a clinch. The fighters briefly stopped, but Gotti pushed past Mayweather and threw some punches before Mayweather’s team and security intervened.
A brawl broke out in the ring between both fighters’ entourages amid a crowd of people after the fight was over. There were also fights in the arena afterward.
On Monday, Gotti III called Mayweather his “enemy for life” and asked Conor McGregor for help. The UFC star, who lost to Mayweather in 2017 in a huge fight, expressed his support. Gotti III’s family members threatened Mayweather on social media.