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Floyd Mayweather jail term deferred

Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jnr has been allowed to defer a prison sentence until June - in order to defend his WBC Welterweight title.

The Michigan-born fighter was convicted of domestic violence over an attack on his ex-girlfriend while two of their children watched in September 2010.

The 34-year-old had been scheduled to turn himself in on Friday to begin serving a 90-day sentence imposed last month.

But a judge said she weighed Mayweather's contractual obligations to the fight set for May in Las Vegas against an as-yet unnamed opponent.

Mayweather's lawyer pleaded with the judge to allow the undefeated five-division world champion to fulfil commitments regarding the fight, emphasising the economic benefit to Las Vegas when he fights.

Mayweather pleaded guilty on December 21 to a reduced battery domestic violence charge and no contest to two harassment charges.

The plea deal saw prosecutors drop felony and misdemeanour charges that could have led to Mayweather serving up to 34 years in prison.

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