Former WBC junior welterweight champion Junior Witter, who is now a trainer, believes he would have did very well against Floyd Mayweather - had they met in their primes.

Mayweather retired from the sport in 2017.

The 46-year-old Witter, who last fought in 2015, officially closed the book on his pro career in 2018. He walked away with a record of 43-8-2 with 23 knockouts.

In 2005, Witter became the WBC's mandatory challenger to junior welterweight belt - which at the time was held by Mayweather.

The World Boxing Council never forced that mandatory fight to take place. Mayweather vacated the title in 2006 and moved up to the welterweight division.

Witter beat DeMarcus Corley to capture the vacant belt in September of the same year in London.

“The WBC title was a whole different level of achievement and that is the one people remember me for, it took so long to get there. I was the mandatory (challenger) for a year, and I should have boxed Mayweather. That was the fight I wanted. He moved up in weight and he didn’t have to fight me. He wasn’t the fighter he has been in the last five or so years, but he was still one of the biggest names in boxing," Witter told the Wakefield Express.

“It was a fight I looked at and thought I had a very good chance of winning it. Styles make fights, and knowing how I boxed and how he boxes, it suited me brilliantly and I think that is why the fight didn’t happen. They probably looked at it and thought it was too much of a risk for too little gain, so he moved up and I won the WBC title against DeMarcus Corley. It was surreal.

“He was a former world champion himself and was fighting as the favourite and that night I just performed again. It wasn’t the most entertaining fight, it was more of technical battle. That feeling was second to none because that was a true achievement. That was the night it all came together.”