Floyd Mayweather wants to return to martial arts and again has an unusual opponent. The undefeated boxer, who retired last year in a boxing match against MMA superstar Conor McGregor, will compete against Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa.
It is not yet clear what the format for the fight will be, which will be held on New Year's Eve at the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo. Mayweather flew to Tokyo to attend a press conference with Nasukawa on Monday morning, saying he wanted to strengthen his partnership with RIZIN, the Japanese company that is organizing the fight, while building his brand in that country.
"I want to continue expanding my relationship with Money Team Tokyo," said Mayweather (via MMA Mania). "I want to keep coming here and bring other fighters here so that my business can continue to grow and RIZIN can continue to grow. I would like to continue working with RIZIN because RIZIN is an incredible company. My company, we have some big fights in the US, but we look forward to using the Mayweather Promotions banner and the TMT banner worldwide. And if you have to work with such a great man, there is no problem. "
"No one has defeated my opponent in the past, and I want to be the man who writes history," Nasukawa said. "My punch can change course, and I'll show it to you. Please stay tuned."
As with Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) Nasukawa is undefeated with 27: 0 in kickboxing with 21 knockouts. He also has a 4-0 mark with two knockouts in MMA. The main difference between the two, apart from their combat disciplines, is the age: Mayweather is 41 years old, while Nasukawa is only 20 years old.
This has made Nasukawa a child prodigy in martial arts, while Mayweather is considered one of the greatest boxers of all time. There is a possibility that their fight could be under the MMA rules since Mayweather trained a video of herself in the Octagon.
There was speculation that Mayweather, who had last fought a conventional boxer in September 2015 when he defeated Andre Berto after his much-watched match with Manny Pacquiao, would face Khabib Nurmagomedov. UFC lightweight champion, who sent McGregor last month, has announced that he will take over Mayweather, although UFC President Dana White said last week that the veteran boxer was "smashed" by Nurmagomedov.
The fight against Nasukawa will be the first time since 2005 that Mayweather has competed outside of Las Vegas. Another aspect of the fight that still needs to be determined is the weight class. Nasukawa fought at 121 pounds, while Mayweather usually weighted at around 150.
"As far as the weight class and the rules are concerned, we will talk about it, and we will fix the situation within the next few weeks," said Mayweather (via Yahoo Sports). "This fight is a special struggle as we give people something they have never seen before.
"The world has never seen Mayweather live in Tokyo. Over the years, I've seen many fans from Japan come to Las Vegas and the US, but my team and I said, "Let's do something different."
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