Floyd Mayweather to face star kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa at RIZIN 14 in Japan on New Year’s Eve
Since defeating Conor McGregor in a boxing ring last year, Floyd Mayweather has continuously teased participating in a mixed martial arts fight, regularly suggesting he would take on McGregor in a rematch or set a bout with 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 announced at a Sunday night press conference that he will compete for RIZIN Fighting Federation in a bout against Tenshin Nasukawa, an undefeated kickboxer. RIZIN is a Japanese promotion, and the “Super Challenge” fight between the two will take place at RIZIN 14 on Monday, Dec. 31 in Saitama, Japan.
It was not specified whether Mayweather and Nasukawa will box, kickbox or participate in MMA. It is believed that rules are still being negotiated and finalized between the parties and RIZIN.
Nasukawa, called “perhaps the best combat sports prospect [Japan] has ever seen” in the press release for the fight, is 27-0. Turning 20 just a few months ago, he is half the age of Mayweather, 41, who has only fought once since 2015. Nasukawa has won four fights this year alone.
Mayweather, who claims to have earned $100 million from his McGregor fight, teased the bout with Nasukawa earlier Sunday by taking an Instagram photo in which he was wearing kickboxing gloves. Mayweather (50-0) has held world titles in five different weight classes and won the seven fights prior to his bout with McGregor by decision.
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