Floyd Mayweather to fight Japanese kickboxer on New Year's Eve
Floyd Mayweather to fight Japanese kickboxer on New Year's Eve
Floyd Mayweather Jr. , The Canadian Press
05 November, 2018, 09:57
There's a long history of fighters, especially boxers, extending their careers long past when the likely should have - see: Jones Jr., Roy - but Mayweather is going in a new route with his post-initial retirement fight tour as he's taking the big check to take on fighters from other disciplines.
Mayweather has never fought professionally under MMA rules and did not specify what format the fight would follow.
Mayweather and Nasukawa appeared at a news conference in Tokyo on Monday (Sunday night United States time) that was streamed worldwide on YouTube to announce the fight with officials from the Rizin Fighting Federation, a Japanese promotional company founded in 2015 that puts on MMA and kickboxing events. The weight for the contest, however, has yet to be determined.
"I want to continue to build my relationship with Money Team Tokyo", Mayweather said. Throughout the years, I've seen a lot of fans from Japan come to Las Vegas and come to the USA, but me and my team said let's do something different.
Mayweather calls this fight a "special bout" and that he's not really anxious about weight class.
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"It was a surprise offer but I accepted without hesitation", said Nasukawa, who has a 27-0 record in kickboxing and a 4-0 record in MMA. I wanted to display my skills outside the USA and be in a special fight, ' he said. "I'll do that with these fists, with one punch - just watch", the Japanese said. So we both want to go out there and display our skills and give people excitement.
Mayweather's last bout was in 2017 when he beat Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor, running his boxing record to 50-0 and earning close to $300 million (£230m). "Boxing rules I wouldn't mind". However, it is certainly a possibility that Mayweather vs. Nasukawa will be a boxing match. "My opponent looks taller than he actually is, but I think I could hit him". I'm pretty sure that will get sorted out in the next couple weeks.
"I have fought in the USA for all 50 of my fights".
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