Floyd Mayweather says a knockout loss at the hands of Tenshin Nasukawa would be ‘entertainment’ for the fans on New Year’s Eve.
The near 42-year-old battles the kickboxer under boxing code in a three-round exhibition. Tenshin has already stated he’s looking to make a name for himself.
With full contact rules, Mayweather is unfazed at the prospect of trading leather with an unbeaten fighter yet to see his 21st birthday.
“We will see what he brings to the table but as far as me getting knocked out or knocked down, I don’t worry about it at all,” Mayweather said.
“If that does happen, that’s entertainment,” he added. “That’s what we need to see.”
Tenshin has already stated his desire to make Mayweather regret agreeing to the nine-minute bout. Nasukawa fired another late warning to the former pound for pound king.
“I do not want to fight a regular fight,” he said on Instagram. “I just want to make sure that I ruin his first New Year’s Eve experience.
“This fight won’t be kept in the books, but it will be kept in everybody’s memory.”
– 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
A 12-time boxing world champion in five weight classes, Mayweather is one of the greatest to ever 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, he is the only fighter to have headlined four events that each generated more than 2 million pay-per-view buys.
Forbes, Fortune and Sports Illustrated have all named Mayweather the world’s highest paid athlete multiple times throughout a career in which he defeated 24 world champions.
Tenshin Nasukawa was born in 1998 and trained in Karate and kickboxing from an early age by his trainer/father.
He made his professional debut in 2014 at the age of 15 and has since claimed multiple world championships in kickboxing while remaining unbeaten.
Tenshin is now the face for the Rizin Fighting Federation and their biggest headliner to date.
Now aged just 20, Tenshin is a Japanese sensation whose main sponsor is a gaming giant called Cygames.