Serafim Todorov: The Sad Story of the Last Boxer Who Defeated Floyd Mayweather

Serafim Todorov: The Sad Story of the Last Boxer Who Defeated Floyd Mayweather

Isaac Darko
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:10 PM
  • Serafim Todorov defeated Floyd Mayweather via a controversial unanimous decision by the slightest of margins
  • The Bulgarian boxer now has a miserable life and lives across the street from a burned-out coffee hut in Sofia
  • American boxer Floyd Mayweather retired from professional boxing with an undefeated record

Floyd Mayweather is regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time.

The 44-year-old has had an illustrious professional career, having gone 50 fights without defeat and beating 16 world champions inside the ring.

But the American boxer did taste defeat in a controversial manner during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

Floyd Mayweather, Serafim Todorov
Serafim Todorov is a name unknown to boxing fans worldwide, even though he stands at the last man to beat Floyd Mayweather. Credit: @marca
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Floyd Mayweather, who was 19 years at the time, lost to 27-year-old Bulgarian boxer Serafim Todorov, via unanimous decision.

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The referee for the bout, Hamad Hafaz Shouman from Egypt, had mistakenly raised Mayweather's hand while Todorov was announced the winner of the semi-final contest.

And while Mayweather's career after the unfortunate defeat ascended to the top, Todorov had no luck and his career went in a very different direction.

Following his victory over Mayweather, Todorov's career hit a snag heavily due to the absence of promised funds back in Eastern Europe in the 1990s.

He received a million dollar offer to represent Turkey at the 1997 World Championships after he was barred by Bulgaria.

Todorov could only manage a few professional fights before ending his career in 2003.

"I have suffered depression countless times, even now," Todorov said, quoted by Marca. I live a common life with my family."

After his dreams died, the boxer was offered a chance at drug trafficking by the mafia, which he turned down, continuing to rue the professional boxing career once on offer while witnessing Mayweather's rise to the top of global sport.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)
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