Floyd Mayweather has signed a deal to fight on New Year’s Eve. The crazy part is it might be an MMA match. Even if so, it won’t be against Conor McGregor or Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The boxing superstar just announced he’ll be fighting at RIZIN 14 on New Year’s Eve in Japan against an undefeated 20-year-old kickboxer named Tenshin Nasukawa. Floyd says he’s still working with the promotion to decide on whether it will be boxing rules, kickboxing rules, MMA rules, etc.
Floyd says the fighting rules will be sorted out in the coming weeks. Floyd Mayweather held a press conference in Japan late Sunday night. He did not say how much money he expects to make for the fight.
The exact weight class of the bout is also currently being negotiated.
Nasukawa is 27-0 as a kickboxer at just 20 years old, with 21 of his victories by knockout. His highlight wins include a knockout of Amnat Ruenroeng and, most recently, a decision win over Kyoji Horiguchi. He is currently scheduled to have a rematch with Taiki Naito at RISE 129, where he is the featherweight champion.
Mayweather is 50-0 as a professional boxer, with his most recent win being over McGregor. He has 27 knockouts, including the one over McGregor.
Tenshin Nasukawa (27-0, KB) has become one of the most popular fighters in Japan, and perhaps the best combat sports prospect the country has ever seen. Between both MMA and kickboxing fights, Tenshin Nasukawa has fought over thirty times despite turning 20 just over two months ago. The current RISE Featherweight Champion, Tenshin began to make a name for himself with wins over the likes of Amnat Ruenroeng and Wanchalong PK Saenchai in the KNOCK OUT promotion out of Thailand.
Since those wins, Tenshin Nasukawa has become a massive star under the RIZIN banner. Racking up four dominant mixed martial arts wins, defeating multiple men to be crowned the 2017 RIZIN KICK Tournament Champion, and most recently outpointing fellow superstar Kyoji Horiguchi in the biggest fight the Saitama Super Arena has ever seen. Tenshinhas a rematch with Taiki Naito at RISE 129 later this month.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. (50-0, BX) has a legitimate case as the best boxer of all time, and he has the record to back it up. After winning a Bronze medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Mayweather turned pro and never looked back. Over the years he has solidified himself as the biggest fight in combat sports, earning the nickname “Money” in every sense of the word.