25
Jun
2019

Conor McGregor v Tenshin Nasukawa: Not as far out as it sounds

World Boxing News 07/01/2019

📸 Esther Lin

Conor McGregor posted an obvious tongue-in-cheek demand on social media for a Tokyo exhibition with Tenshin Nasukawa.

The outspoken Irishman was clearly trolling Floyd Mayweather following the former pound for pound king’s money-making exploits on December 31.

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Mayweather dropped Tenshin three times and proved far too strong. A weight difference of two stone ultimately told.

Beginning a huge favorite in the boxing betting. Mayweather proved the sports bookmakers correct with his win.

McGregor has since put himself forward for a similar paycheck before the summer.

“I wish to go to Tokyo to face Tenshin Nasukawa in a Mixed Martial Arts exhibition bout,” smirked McGregor.

“Before this summer. Please arrange this, this instant. Yours sincerely, The champ, champ.”

All joking aside, is a McGregor v Tenshin fight possible down the line? – It would seem so.

Tenshin is only 20 years and will eventually move up in weight, with McGregor a firm rival at some point in the future.

Should Dana White make an offer to Tenshin in the future, the pair could end up in the UFC together.

A contest would then be firmly in the offing.

Meanwhile, Tenshin has slated his own performance on the night having admitted he did not deserve to share a ring with Mayweather.

APOLOGY

“I have worked hard with a big dream in the combat world. Karate, Kickboxing, MMA and Boxing,” said Tenshin.

“When I first got the offer I took it in a flash. I thought this was an opportunity of a lifetime, and although there were significant differences in accomplishments and weight classes, I felt that I must not run and take on the challenge.

“The days since the fight was confirmed have been enjoyable but with concerns, and I spent the time thinking about many things.

“At the end of the day, I got finished, but I have no regrets. I am disappointed at myself since I thought I could have done better. But I will face the facts and will continue to take on any challenge.”

He continued: “I learned that I didn’t work hard enough to earn this opportunity. I will use this defeat to improve myself and move forward this year.

“Despite all the things that happened leading up to the fight, I came to realize how truly great Mayweather was. I was the one underestimating him.


“I promise to make it to that level! It may take some time for me to become the man to haul the industry on my shoulders, but please continue to support me!

“Everybody who worked to make this fight happen, thank you very much. Mr. Mayweather, thank you very much,” he added.

Maybe one day he’ll earn the right to meet McGregor inside the octagon.

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