Mayweather Will Be In The Ring On New Years Eve
Boxer Floyd Mayweather will fight kick boxer Tenshin Nasukawa in Japan on 31 December, after signing a deal with a mixed martial arts company.
Former five-weight world champion Mayweather beat UFC’s Conor McGregor in a boxing match in August 2017 to extend his perfect record to 50 wins.
He has talked recently about potential fights with the UFC’s Khabib Nurmagomedov and boxer Manny Pacquiao.
The format and rules for his fight with Nasukawa are yet to be decided.
“I wanted to do something different,” said the 41-year-old American, who has not fought since coming out of retirement to face McGregor.
He continued: “I wanted to display my skills outside the US and be in a special fight. I want to give the people what they want – blood, sweat and tears.”
Japan’s Nasukawa, 20, competes in the RIZIN Fighting Federation, the company Mayweather has signed with, in both kickboxing and mixed martial arts. Nasukawa has a perfect record of 27-0 in kick boxing, with a 4-0 record in MMA.
He said: “It was a surprise offer but I accepted without hesitation. It’s the biggest moment in my life and I want to be the man who changes history. I’ll do that with these fists, with one punch – just watch.”
Nasukawa also suggested he wouldn’t mind it kicking was rule out the fight – definitely hinting at his confidence as this is what he most famous for.
It is unclear yet whether the fight will be live on television, but it will be interesting to see how Mayweather adjusts to MMA.
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