Tuesday, 13 November, 2018


Floyd Mayweather Jr. Will Fight Undefeated Kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa In Japan

Floyd Mayweather to face star kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa at RIZIN 14 in Japan on New Year's Eve Mayweather announces New Year's Eve fight
Noah Ferguson | 05 November, 2018, 10:46

Promoters said the fight between Mayweather and Nasukawa will headline the Rizin 14 card to be staged on 31 December at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

"It wasn't easy to make this happen", a subdued and polite Mayweather said.

The rules of Mayweather's surprise contest have not yet been confirmed but he hasn't ruled out the prospect of his fight allowing some elements of MMA.

"But this particular bout is special as far as giving people something they've never seen before".

Mayweather had teased a move into mixed martial arts for some time, both as a rematch with McGregor and as a potential superfight against undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Though many took Mayweather's MMA aspirations as a bluff, it looks like he may actually back up his talk ... just not against any UFC competition.

Mayweather calls this fight a "special bout" and that he's not really anxious about weight class.

Instead he will face the 20-year-old Nasukawa, an undefeated kickboxer at 27-0.

When asked when Rizin FF will finalize the details of the Mayweather vs. Nasukawa fight, Sakakibara could not give an immediate answer.

Mayweather and Nasukawa were introduced at a news conference on Monday in Tokyo by Rizin officials. UFC boss Dana White said last week that a fight between the two would have to be in the UFC, which is something Mayweather would probably never agree to.

"I just want to entertain".

Via MMA fighting he said: "I think my shortest answer to that is the fact that now we are aligned to achieve something together, and that is hitting a new challenge, taking a step forward to whatever wonderful thing that we can create together".

"When I was offered this, I accepted right away without any delay whatsoever", he said through a translator.

"I can wrestle, I can wrestle little bit".

"It's the biggest moment in my life and I want to be the man who changes history".

"I wanted to do something different". I'll speak with my team and get with Rizin to come up with a great idea.

Information from ESPN's Ariel Helwani was used in this report.

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