Floyd Mayweather to battle kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa at RIZIN 14 in December in Japan | Boxing


As a result of nothing in fight sport ought to shock anybody any extra, undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather will reportedly battle in a bout at Rizin 14 at Saitama Tremendous Enviornment in Japan on Dec. 31. 

The shock transfer was introduced at a press convention in Tokyo this week.

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Rizin Struggle Federation (RFF), is likely one of the greatest MMA organizations in Asia, and was based by the previous president of Satisfaction FC, Nobuyuki Sakakibara. 

Mayweather will battle Japanese kickboxing famous person Tenshin Nasukawa, who has an unblemished file in 27 skilled fights.

It’s unclear at this stage whether or not the reported battle can be contested below boxing, kickboxing or MMA guidelines, though Mayweather posted a photograph to social media of himself carrying a pair of MMA gloves. 

In line with Sakakibara, the load hasn’t been determined upon but, and the bout can be contested “below particular guidelines.”

Probably the most thrilling kickboxers on the planet, 20-year-old Nasukawa has a sequence of spotlight reel knockout wins. 

This is a glimpse of what he can do. 

On the shock press convention in Japan, Mayweather spoke about The Cash Workforce’s partnership with Rizin.

“I really like that I used to be capable of get with two heavy hitters from my crew and we had been capable of come collectively to make this occasion occur,” he mentioned. 

“I could not select a greater firm than Rizin.

“Rizin hgas carried out a exceptional job with the fighters. I sit up for supplying you with guys leisure come Dec. 31.

“My relationship with Rizin would not simply finish right here. I sit up for taking this world large.”

Try the total press convention under.

“My position as a fighter is to ensure combating right here in Japan gathers loads of pleasure, and once I was provided this battle I accepted straight away with none delay in anyway,” Nasukawa mentioned via a translator. 

“I’d in all probability say that that is my greatest occasion in life to date and I am very joyful it should materialize. 

“You is likely to be shocked, and actually, I am somewhat shocked myself. 

“No one has defeated my opponent previously, and I might prefer to be the person to create historical past. My punch can change historical past.” 

This is the promo video that was performed on the press convention. 

Mayweather’s final bout was one other conflict of fight sports activities, when he stopped UFC famous person Conor McGregor in 9 rounds in a boxing match in Las Vegas final yr. 

He had most just lately been linked to a battle with UFC light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov after the Russian defended his 155-pound title towards McGregor in October. 

Nasukawa most just lately earned a three-round unanimous choice victory over fellow Japanese star Kyoji Horiguchi at Rizin FF 13 in September.


Rizin is a Japanese primarily based blended marital arts promotion. It held its first occasions in December 2015 when it staged a Rizin World Grand-Prix, received by Muhammad Lawal. 

Rizin has held 15 battle playing cards since then, with all of them being staged in Japan. 

The promotion has been the house to some severe expertise, with Mirko Cro Cop, Fedor Emelianenko, Wanderlei Silva and Jerome Le Banner all showing in fights staged by the corporate. 

UFC veterans who’ve fought below the Rizin banner embody Diego Brandao, Shane Carwin, Takanori Gomi and Ian McCall. 


We do not know that but, however its sure to be a contentious choice. 

Mayweather’s win over McGregor was fought at boxing’s super-welterweight restrict of 154 kilos (69.85 kg). His earlier two fights — towards Andre Berto and Manny Pacquiao — had been each fought on the welterweight restrict of 147 kilos (66.68 kg).

Nasukawa’s final battle, in September, was fought at 126 kilos (57 kg) in Rizin’s flyweight kickboxing division.

Preventing at that weight in boxing would make Nasukawa a featherweight, which continues to be one weight class lighter than the place Mayweather received his first world titles in 1998. 

After combating the primary 27 of his skilled bouts on the tremendous featherweight restrict of 130 kilos (58.97 kg), Mayweather moved as much as light-weight (135 kilos/61.23 kg) in 2002. 

Mayweather hasn’t fought under 140 kilos since 2005.

“So far as the load class, we’ll discuss that within the subsequent couple of weeks,” Mayweather mentioned. 

“All through my profession, I by no means fought at a better weight class, however I used to be all the time a smaller fighter.

“It is actually all in regards to the abilities, it isn’t in regards to the weight.”


Once more, we do not but know. 

Rizin boss Nobuyuki Sakakibara mentioned the bout could be held below “particular guidelines,” which might imply a mixture of kickboxing and boxing guidelines apply. 

It is unknown what these would entail, however McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh revealed some potential hybrid rule units just lately. In an look on the Joe Rogan Expertise podcast, Kavanagh mentioned talks had been underway for a rematch between the Irish star and Mayweather with “particular placing guidelines” to be enforced, together with solely permitting leg kicks.

“I am not specific in regards to the guidelines — with or with out kicks — it may very well be simply boxing,” mentioned Nasukawa.

“I would not thoughts.”

Mayweather responded: “I simply wish to entertain. That is what we wish to do for the individuals.”


Let’s be trustworthy, it is about cash. Plenty of it. Mayweather says he additionally desires to maintain pushing the boundaries. 

“Everyone knows that I had an awesome profession, I used to be very blessed to be within the sport a very long time and to make over a billion {dollars} within the sport and to make sensible investments,” Mayweather mentioned. 

“This specific bout is a particular bout. We’re giving the individuals one thing that they’ve by no means seen earlier than. The world has by no means seen Mayweather compete reside in Tokyo.

“I’ve seen loads of followers from Japan come to Las Vegas and are available to the U.S., so I mentioned to my crew ‘let’s do one thing completely different and are available to Japan.'”

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