Friday, 16 November, 2018

Mayweather to fight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in Japan

Floyd Mayweather announces next fight with key detail missing Modal Trigger Floyd Mayweather Jr. poses with Tenshin Nasukawa. Reuters
Eugene Bates | 05 November, 2018, 22:51

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has announced that he will fight on Dec.31 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan against undefeated kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa in the Rizin Fighting Federation.

The 41-year-old Mayweather is 50-0 in his boxing career but has never fought professionally under MMA rules.

It is unclear at this stage whether the reported fight will be contested under boxing, kickboxing or MMA rules, although Mayweather posted a photo to social media of himself wearing a pair of MMA gloves. I'm a little surprised myself.

When Mayweather finally appeared in front of the media in Tokyo, the American, whose boxing record is an unblemished 50-0, was far more subdued than his noisy introduction, substituting his usual bravado with a serious business-like tone. We will just see. I can do it all.

The boxer arrives at Rizin with no grappling background to speak of and Brazilian jiu-jitsu - the martial art that forms the backbone of MMA exchanges - can not be perfected quickly. He has won all four of his MMA fights.

By 1998, Mayweather had already won Ring Magazine's fighter of the year award and picked up an Olympic bronze medal in Atlanta two years earlier.

"I spoke with my team and with RIZIN and we put it together".

"Throughout my career, I never fought at a higher weight class, but I was always a smaller fighter". Lately Mayweather has suggested he would face UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov however Dana White, the UFC president said this would not happen under boxing rules.

The finances of his deal with RIZIN have not now been disclosed.

'Everything is about timing, everything takes time and everything is about timing.

"Its also all about entertainment". "He's young, fast, [has] youth, undefeated like myself, and what the people want is excitement and that's why I chose Japan".

'It is good to come over to another part of the world, have fun and enjoy each other'. "I wanted to do something different", said the former five-weight world champion.

"I am pretty sure the crowd is going to be on his side, but I am there for a great cause".

Time will tell what he means by "special bout". I just want to entertain.

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