May­weather can­cels Ja­pan kick­box­ing fight

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Box­ing su­per­star Floyd May­weather scrapped a planned fight with a Ja­panese kick­boxer, claim­ing he had been duped into agree­ing to the con­test.

In a lengthy state­ment posted on so­cial me­dia on Wed­nes­day, May­weather, 41, said he had been “blind­sided” by or­gan­is­ers of the pro­posed bout against Ten­shin Na­sukawa, set for New Year’s Eve in Saitama.

“I want it to be clear that I, Floyd May­weather, never agreed to an of­fi­cial bout with Ten­shin Na­sukawa,” May­weather wrote on In­sta­gram.

The re­tired wel­ter­weight cham­pion said he had trav­elled to Ja­pan last week to dis­cuss par­tic­i­pat­ing in a pri­vate bout against Na­sukawa for a “small group of wealthy spec­ta­tors for a very large fee”.

“This ex­hi­bi­tion was pre­vi­ously ar­ranged as a ‘Spe­cial Bout’ purely for en­ter­tain­ment pur­poses with no in­ten­tions of be­ing rep­re­sented as an of­fi­cial fight nor tele­vised world­wide,” May­weather wrote.

Soon af­ter ar­riv­ing at a press con­fer­ence in Tokyo on Mon­day, May­weather said he and his team “were com­pletely de­railed by the new di­rec­tion this event was go­ing”.

“We should have put a stop to it im­me­di­ately,” May­weather wrote. “I want to sin­cerely apol­o­gise to my fans for the very mis­lead­ing in­for­ma­tion...” – AFP

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Lee Chong Wei.

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