May­weather to face baby-faced Ja­pan kick­boxer

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what they want – blood, sweat and tears,” May­weather told a news con­fer­ence in Tokyo af­ter re­port­edly fly­ing into Ja­pan on his pri­vate jet.

“It’s al­ways been a goal of mine to go out­side out of the US and dis­play my tal­ent. The world has never seen May­weather com­pete live in [ Ja­pan],” he added, pro­mot­ing the cross-code bout as an ex­pan­sion of his busi­nesses to the Far East.

“I want to con­tinue to build my re­la­tion­ship with Money Team Tokyo [TMT]. We’ve been mak­ing some huge fights hap­pen in the US, but we look for­ward to tak­ing the May­weather Pro­mo­tions ban­ner and the TMT ban­ner world­wide.”

Na­sukawa, who is de­scribed in the press re­lease as “per­haps the best com­bat sports prospect [ Ja­pan] has ever seen,” boasts a 27-0 record but has never com­peted as a pro­fes­sional boxer.

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 with­out hes­i­ta­tion,” said Na­sukawa.

“I don’t care what the rules are. I want to be the man who changes his­tory. I’ll do that with th­ese fists, with one punch – just watch.”

May­weather in­sisted Na­sukawa would be no pushover.

“He’s young and he’s un­de­feated, so it’s ob­vi­ous he’s do­ing some­thing right,” he said.

“This kid right here is an un­be­liev­able tal­ent, he looks like a gym rat.

“He’s very spe­cial, he’s fast, he’s strong. I’m older now and when it comes to ex­pe­ri­ence, I have it on my side. He has youth on his side and he’s go­ing to bring a lot of ex­cite­ment.”

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