Mayweather to fight Nasukawa in three-round exhibition
- 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.