Undefeated boxing legend Floyd “Money” Mayweather and sensational RIZIN Fighting Federation star Tenshin Nasukawa battle it out in a special exhibition fight.
Mayweather v Tenshin takes place on New Year’s Eve from Saitama Prefecture Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
This weekend, the rules were finally revealed for what will be a lucrative contest for both fighters.
Mayweather is a 12-time boxing world champion in five weight classes. The pound-for-pound star is one of the greatest ever to enter the ring.
Buoyed by box office success that saw him shatter nearly all of the revenue records in the sport’s history.
Born in Grand Rapids, Mich., and fighting out of Las Vegas. Mayweather is the only fighter to have headlined four events that generated more than 2 million pay-per-view buys.
Forbes, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated have all named Mayweather the world’s highest-paid athlete. The accolade has happened multiple times throughout a career in which he defeated 24 world champions.
His opponent, Tenshin Nasukawa, was born in 1998 and trained in Karate and kickboxing from an early age by his trainer/father.
Making his professional debut in 2014 at the age of 15, Tenshin has since claimed multiple world championships in kickboxing while remaining unbeaten.
At just 20, Tenshin is the face of the Rizin Fighting Federation. He’s also their biggest headliner to date.
Tenshin is a Japanese sensation whose main sponsor is a gaming giant called Cygames.
The attraction will be based on the following rules and regulations:
– Three minutes per round for three rounds
– Straight boxing rules
– Both will wear either RIZIN 8 ounce gloves
– Weight: 147lbs/67.7kg
– No judges
– Confirmed as a full-contact competition, the bout is not going on boxing or MMA records
NOBUYUKI SAKAKIBARA – RIZIN CEO
Nobuyuki Sakakibara is a Japanese businessman most well-known for his role as boss of the Pride Fighting Championship.
Sakakibara sold Pride to Lorenzo Fertita of Zuffa LLC in 2007 in a widely publicized deal.
In 2015 he founded Rizin, a new organization that mixed different fight styles in a single event. The Rizin brand is now the most-watched fighting event in Japan.
Rizin Fighting Federation has held 15 mega events since the promotion’s debut in December of 2015.
RFF is now recognized as the most-watched combat sports event in Japan since Pride Fighting Championship.
RIZIN has been a staple on primetime Japanese national television with a five-hour New Year’s Eve slot and watched in over 5.5 million households.
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