Monday, 19 November, 2018

No joke: Undefeated Floyd Mayweather to fight Japanese kickboxer Nasukawa in December

Floyd Mayweather announces next fight with key detail missing Modal Trigger Floyd Mayweather Jr. poses with Tenshin Nasukawa. Reuters
Chelsea Rogers | 05 November, 2018, 22:52

Mayweather stood alongside Nasukawa at the gathering, the civilized atmosphere in stark contrast to the boisterous pantomime that plagued the run-up to the boxer's bout with MMA fighter Conor McGregor a year ago.

Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr said Monday he will come out of retirement to fight a Japanese kickboxer half his age, Tenshin Nasukawa, on New Year's Eve in Saitama.

"I've seen a lot of fans from Japan come to Las Vegas and come to the USA, so I said to my team 'let's do something different and come to Japan'".

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

Mayweather's fight against McGregor pushed his career earnings to US$1 billion (RM4.2 billion), joining American basketball great Michael Jordan and golfer Tiger Woods as the only athletes to have reached 10 figures in earnings, according to Forbes.

"I want to continue coming over here and bringing other fighters so my company can continue to grow and RIZIN can continue to grow".

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"Teppen" has won all 27 of his professional contests, as well as his four mixed martial arts bouts. While the fight is happening, no one knows exactly what rules will be in place as they did not announce whether they would be boxing or kickboxing - his Instagram picture shows him wearing a boxing glove and an MMA glove.

Mayweather said they will get all the rules figured out soon.

'My opponent looks taller than he actually is and I think that comes from the aura that he has, but I think I can hit him, ' he said. This is will also be Mayweather's first fight in well over a year, where he defeated Conor McGregor in a highly-publicized boxing bout in August 2017. I look forward to giving you guys entertainment come December 31. He holds the Rizin featherweight title, which is at 126 pounds.

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. "Boxing rules I wouldn't mind".

Mayweather responded: "I just want to entertain". I'm not really anxious about the rules.

"This particular bout is a special bout".

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