Floyd Mayweather Jr. to fight kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa in Japan

ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 05, 2018 05:24 PM
Mayweather Jr. to fight kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa
Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be fighting Japanese kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa in Japan on New Year's Eve

In what can only be called as an unexpected turn of events, it was announced on Monday morning (Manila time) that undefeated boxing star Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr.  would be coming out of retirement for the second time to fight in Japan on New Year's Eve. 

The 41-year old Mayweather Jr., who owns a 50-0, 27 KO record in boxing, will be fighting 20-year old undefeated Japanese kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa on Japan-based martial arts promotion Rizin's New Year's Eve card Rizin 14 at the Saitama Super Arena.

The announcement was made during a press conference featuring Mayweather Jr., Nasukawa, and Rizin chairman Nobuyuki Sakikabara, which was streamed worldwide through YouTube.

"It’s really been a goal of mine to go outside the US and go into other arenas and display my talent as a professional because I did it as an amateur, but it’s different as a professional," Mayweather Jr said. 

As for the rules of the upcoming superfight, Mayweather Jr. mentioned that it was still to be discussed. 

"As far as the weight class and the rules, we'll talk about that, we'll get that situated, within the next couple of weeks." 

Regarding his opponent, Mayweather had nothing but praise for the young kickboxing star. 

"I think that he’s young, very strong, very fast, and he’s undefeated so it’s obvious that he’s been doing something right, to be where he’s at, so I’m proud of him."

"It’s all about giving. It doesn’t matter where the fight is at, but it’s in a special place and I’m pretty sure he’s going to bring a lot of excitement, I’m going to bring a lot of excitement, and that’s really what the people want to see, you know?" he added. 

For his part, Nasukawa admitted to being quite suprised with the announcment. 

"You might be surprised after hearing this announcement, and honestly speaking I’m a little surprised myself," he said. 

The 27-0 kickboxer added that he plans on becoming the first person to defeat Mayweather Jr. 

"Nobody has defeated my opponent in the past, and I’d like to be the one that makes history. My punch can change history, and I will show that to you, so please stay tuned."

The surprising announcment comes after Mayweather Jr. was rumoured to be working towards a rematch with former rival Manny Pacquiao in December. The plan was ultimately scrapped after Pacquiao signed with Al Haymon and Premier Boxing Champions as well as the announcment of Pacquiao's bout against Adrien Broner

Mayweather will be making his professional debut outside of the United States. He's coming off a tenth-round TKO victory in another superfight against UFC star Conor McGregor back in 2017.

Regarded as one of the biggest stars in the kickboxing world, Nasukawa rose to popularity after his knockouts of Thai stars Amnat Ruenroeng and Wanchalong PK. Saenchai. 

He is the current reigning RISE Featherweight World Champion. 

 

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