Floyd Mayweather To Fight Tenshin Nasukawa At Rizin On New Year’s Eve

Floyd Mayweather To Fight Tenshin Nasukawa At Rizin On New Year’s Eve

The news is a lot to unpack as Mayweather has been retired seemingly since fighting Andre Berto in September of 2015 with a tune-up novelty fight between himself and Conor McGregor a year ago that was a rating success. The match has been called a "Super Challenge", and many details (including the rules, weight limit, number of rounds, and what kind of gloves the fighters will wear) are now unknown.

Mayweather, 41, took his unblemished boxing record to 50 wins with his 10th-round stoppage victory over UFC star McGregor in August 2017 and declared afterwards: "This is my last fight".

Mayweather is widely regarded as the greatest boxer of his generation but seemingly retired after taking his ideal professional record to 50-0 by defeating UFC star Conor McGregor in August past year.

Mayweather had previously talked about potential blockbuster fights with UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor and a potential rematch with Manny Pacquiao, but absolutely no-one saw this announcement coming.

"He's young and he's undefeated so it's obvious he's doing something right", Mayweather said of Nasukawa. "You guys know about boxing, you guys know about fighting".

"I'm pretty sure he's going to bring a lot of excitement". This presented itself, I spoke with my team, I got with Rizin and we put it together.

More news: Former Kenyan Refugee, Ilhan Omar Wins in US Elections in Minnesota

"I want to continue coming over here and bringing other fighters so my company can continue to grow and RIZIN can continue to grow".

Meanwhile, Mayweather also sounded enthusiastic about the match-up and suggested it might not be a one-and-done deal with Rizin.

The 20-year-old with a bleached-blond quiff called it an "easy decision" to accept the offer to face Mayweather in Saitama, north of Tokyo.

"It was a surprise offer, but I accepted with hesitation", he said.

"Nobody has defeated my opponent in the past, and I would like to be the man who makes history", Nasukawa said, speaking through an interpreter. "So please stay tuned".

Related Articles