Mayweather to face baby-faced Japan kickboxer
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.”