Tenshin Nasukawa issues statement after stoppage loss to Floyd Mayweather

31 December, 2018, 19:57 | Author: Heather Diaz
  • MMA      Floyd Mayweather Scores Massive KO Over Tenshin Nasukawa at Rizin 14 NYE Event                   By Jonathan Salmon

Floyd Mayweather had his way with Tenshin Nasukawa during today's exhibition boxing bout at Rizin FF 14.

Floyd Mayweather beat Japanese kickboxing phenomenon Tenshin Nasukawa by a technical knockout on Monday in the first round of a New Year's Eve "exhibition" bout that brought the USA boxing superstar out of retirement.

Nasukawa was in tears in his corner after defeat, but Mayweather praised his efforts in a humble post-fight interview. "He is a great champion and a great fighter".

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The rules for the three-round contest - organized by The Rizin Fighting Federation and held at Saitama Super Arena on the northern outskirts of Tokyo - were no kicking allowed and no official record of the match.

According to Helwani, if the numbers were correct, Mayweather earned $4.5 million a minute for the fight or $9 million total for the two-minute fight.

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So there we have it. Floyd Mayweather and Tenshin Nasukawa went head-to-head on New Year's Eve and it was a tad ridiculous. It should be noted that the match was an exhibition.

"I want to say thank you to Tenshin". "The fans in Japan, they wanted this to happen, so I said why not".

Mayweather, who hadn't fought since beating UFC star Conor McGregor more than a year ago, said he was retired and came to Tokyo to give an opportunity to a younger fighter like Nasukawa.

For now, we only can take Mayweather at his word that he'll stay retired and his 50-0 record will remain etched in history.

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