Boxer to fight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in Japan

Boxer to fight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in Japan

Boxer to fight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in Japan

The 41-year-old undefeated boxer will face Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year's Eve, the Rizin Fighting Federation announced Sunday.

Since defeating Conor McGregor in a boxing ring past year, Floyd Mayweather has continuously teased participating in a mixed martial arts fight, regularly suggesting he would take on McGregor in a rematch or set a bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

In the meantime, Mayweather will take on Nasukawa, who is 27-0 with 21 knockouts in kickboxing and 4-0 with two knockouts in MMA.

The rules of Mayweather's surprise contest have not yet been confirmed but he hasn't ruled out the prospect of his fight allowing some elements of MMA. Though many took Mayweather's MMA aspirations as a bluff, it looks like he may actually back up his talk ... just not against any UFC competition. "I can box a lot a bit", Mayweather told Reuters in an interview in Tokyo on Saturday. "It's all about entertainment and that's what we want to do for the people". I can do it all. "Boxing rules I wouldn't mind".

While boxing rules restrict bouts to the use of fists, MMA rules can incorporate kicks, knees and elbow strikes, as well as wrestling, joint locks and chokes. "But it will be a great fight that everybody will be so excited to see".

In boxing, Mayweather, who has won world titles in five weigh classes from 130 pounds to 154 pounds, has been primarily a 147-pound welterweight for many years, though his fight with McGregor was a 154-pound bout.

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The finances of the RIZIN deal were not disclosed at Monday's news conference.

'I wanted to do something different.

"It is good to come over to another part of the world, have fun and enjoy each other".

Floyd Mayweather is set to fight the undefeated Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa next month.

"I want to continue to build my relationship with Money Team Tokyo", Mayweather said. I think when it comes to experience, I have more experience on my side but when it comes to youth, youth is on his side.

"This particular bout is a special bout. I just want to entertain".

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