Floyd Mayweather to fight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in Japan

Floyd Mayweather to face star kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa at RIZIN 14 in Japan on New Year's Eve

Legendary boxer Floyd Mayweather is coming out of retirement yet again, and this time he's fighting a 20-year-old who competes at 121 pounds and was less than 2 months old when Mayweather won his first professional world championship.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has announced that he will fight on Dec.31 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan against undefeated kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa in the Rizin Fighting Federation. "I want to give the people what they want - blood, sweat and tears". "I believe they were here before us". It's all about me going out there and displaying my skills against another skillful fighter.

The boxer arrives at Rizin with no grappling background to speak of and Brazilian jiu-jitsu - the martial art that forms the backbone of MMA exchanges - can not be perfected quickly.

Nasukawa, called "perhaps the best combat sports prospect [Japan] has ever seen" in the press release for the fight, is 27-0.

It was not specified whether Mayweather and Nasukawa will box, kickbox or participate in MMA.

Mayweather said the terms of the fight would be decided in the coming weeks.

With fighting fans - both boxing and MMA alike - trying to process the latest twist in Mayweather's career path, will primarily come down to the eventual decision over the rules of his next bout before any real judgement can be made. "I look forward to taking this world wide".

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Mayweather will fight Japanese kickboxing superstar Tenshin Nasukawa, who has an unblemished record in 27 professional fights. Stay tuned for future news regarding the rules the bout will be contested under, as well as other match-ups for the card.

Listening to Mayweather, one got the sense this fight could be something similar, though he was very short on specifics.

"And I would like to be the man who makes history. It's great. I want to say congratulations to Tenshin and Rizin and just everybody for backing this event". My punch can change history, ' he said.

"We still have some work to do", said Nobuyuki Sakakibara, the RIZIN chairman.

"I'm not particular about the rules - with or without kicks - it could be just boxing", said Nasukawa.

"It's really all about the skills, it's not about the weight". 'The victor of big dream fights that all people want to see'. "It is a special bout".

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