En­ter­tain­ment will be the win­ner, says Floyd

The Citizen (KZN) - - SPORT - Los An­ge­les

– Boxer Floyd May­weather says his New Year’s Eve bout with Ja­panese kick­boxer Ten­shin Na­sukawa will be “all about the en­ter­tain­ment”.

The nine-minute ex­hi­bi­tion in Japan will have no of­fi­cial win­ner or loser if it goes the dis­tance and May­weather said at a press avail­abil­ity at his train­ing base in Las Ve­gas this week he was look­ing for­ward to the event as a chance to sam­ple “some­thing dif­fer­ent”.

The con­test will take place at the Saitama Pre­fec­ture Su­per Arena in Saitama, Japan, May­weather said.

May­weather added that there and won’t be any judges present and the bout would not count on the com­bat­ants’ of­fi­cial fight records.

“It is all about the en­ter­tain­ment,” he said. “Nine min­utes of en­ter­tain­ment .... I’m in the en­ter­tain­ment busi­ness.”

Be­sides three-minute rounds, the ex­hi­bi­tion will take place at 67kg, fea­ture “straight box­ing rules” and eight-ounce box­ing gloves.

“This will be full con­tact com­pe­ti­tion but the bout is not go­ing on box­ing or MMA records,” a May­weather spokesper­son said in a news re­lease.

Na­sukawa said he hopes his coun­try­men will get be­hind the show.

“There has never been a Ja­panese fighter to face Floyd May­weather in the ring. I would like to make a big im­pres­sion,” the 20-year-old, who is 27-0 with 21 KOs as a feath­er­weight kick­boxer said. – AFP

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