Floyd Mayweather Will Fight In RIZIN FF

Floyd Mayweather to face star kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa at RIZIN 14 in Japan on New Year's Eve
Mayweather announces New Year's Eve fight
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05 November, 2018

The fight, which will be contested under "special rules", is slated on New Year's Eve at the Saitama Super Arena.

The former five-weight world champion boxer hung up his gloves last August after beating UFC superstar Conor McGregor in a much-maligned multi-million-pound bout.

Mayweather will exit retirement once again and fight 20-year-old Japanese kickboxing phenom Tenshin Nasukawa on December 31 at the 37,000-seat Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, about a half-hour drive outside of Tokyo.

"I want to continue to build my relationship with Money Team Tokyo", Mayweather said in a press conference in Japan on Monday. As a professional I haven't had a chance to go outside the U.S. to display my skills and to display my talent for the world'.

'We will just see.

"As far as the weight class, we're not really anxious about that".

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Nasukawa, for his part, is relishing the chance to fight with Mayweather, admitting his surprise when he was offered the opportunity. Maybe he'll face Nasukawa in a straight boxing match; that would seem to be the most likely outcome.

He said: "It's the biggest moment in my life and I want to be the man who changes history". I can box a lot a bit, ' said Mayweather. It's not out of the realm of possibility that the bout is fought under kickboxing rules.

But it is thought this could be the legendary American's first tilt towards a prospective MMA combat fight in 2019 with a rematch against Conor McGregor mooted or a money-spinning fight with McGrgeor's UFC 229 conqueror Khabib Nurmagomedov. "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.

And he faces a potentially unsafe prospect in heralded kickboxer Nasukawa, who warned he has a punch that will "change history". "He's young, fast, [has] youth, undefeated like myself, and what the people want is excitement and that's why I chose Japan".

Ariel Helwani said tonight that the rules and weight still had to be worked out.


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