May­weather to fight Na­sukawa in three-round ex­hi­bi­tion

Observer on Saturday - - World Sport -

- Floyd May­weather has an­nounced he will go head-to-head with Ja­panese kick­box­ing star Ten­shin Na­sukawa af­ter all - but only in a nine­minute New Year's Eve ex­hi­bi­tion.

May­weather had ad­mit­ted the match in Tokyo would be for en­ter­tain­ment pur­poses only, with no judges, no of­fi­cial record and no kick­ing.

“I'm in the en­ter­tain­ment busi­ness. That's what I go out there to do,” May­weather said on Thurs­day at his Las Ve­gas gym. “I love to do this. I'm work­ing out to put on a show for three rounds.” Na­sukawa joined May­weather at his gym to an­nounce the ex­hi­bi­tion, which will be box­ing only and take place at Saitama Su­per Arena in sub­ur­ban Tokyo on De­cem­ber 31. Na­sukawa, who has


been in Las Ve­gas for the last few days spar­ring with the likes of boxer Jorge Linares, de­scribed the fight as 'a great hon­our'.

“There's never been a Ja­panese fighter to face Floyd May­weather in the ring,” Na­sukawa said. “As an ath­lete, this is some­thing that's a great hon­our and a chal­leng­ing task. I'd like to make a big im­pres­sion.” It was the sec­ond an­nounce­ment for the event, which was pro­moted as an ac­tual fight when an­nounced last month, though the rules were un­clear. May­weather ap­peared at a press con­fer­ence in Tokyo, where he talked about the chal­lenge of tak­ing on the young kick­box­ing cham­pion. A few days later, May­weather is­sued a state­ment af­ter re­turn­ing to the US that he was “blind­sided” by Ja­panese of­fi­cials and never in­tended to have an ac­tual fight with Na­sukawa.

IT’S OWN: Floyd May­weather and Ja­panese kick­box­ing star Ten­shin Na­sukawa will fi­nally go head-to-head in a nine minute ex­hi­bi­tion.

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