Floyd Mayweather yet to show an hour before Tenshin Nasukawa bout
Floyd Mayweather has not yet turned up at the arena for his clash with Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve.
The near 42-year-old is set to battle the young kickboxer under boxing code in a three-round exhibition.
Mayweather is being paid $1 million per minute for the privilege.
Despite the massive payday, Mayweather had not checked into the Toyko venue with less than an hour to go before his fight.
Promoters and organizers at the Rizin event have delayed proceedings with an intermission until the former pound for pound king is located.
Mayweather v Tenshin rules:
– 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 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, 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 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.
WBN will update with more as the story unfolds.