In the New Years Eve at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, future Hall of Famer Floyd Mayweather had a fight with kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa in a 3-round exhibition bout at RIZIN 14 Exhibition. Though it’s a three round rule match, mayweather was not delayed to end the match in first round. So, our round by round analysis is not going to be needed.
The one and only round, ROUND 1
The old money, Floyd Mayweather took Nasukawa as a kid and came out laughing and swinging his arms as we walks down Tenshin Nasukawa in an entertainment manner. Mayweather turned quick left from Nasukawa and lands a hard body shot. Another hard shot drops Nasukawa already midway through the round. As a young power, he’s up. Mayweather weaken him with a couple more hard hits. Nice body hit and a big and huge from Mayweather that floored Nasakawa again. And the kickboxing sensation up again. Mayweather cracks Nasukawa with a left hand that sends him flying back and bouncing off the canvas again. Nasukawa made it to feet, but the shot was so deadly that he weren’t able to fight again. He then came out of tears, offcourse it broke his heart. We can hope that he will be come out strongly.
After months of speculation and negotiations, Floyd Mayweather vs Tenshin Nasukawa has been confirmed. The fight will take place on the New Year’s Eve at the Rizin 14 exhibition at the Saitama Super Arena.
Floyd Mayweather has made one thing very clear. For him, this three-round match against the Japanese kickboxing champion is for entertainment purpose only.
On the other side of the spectrum, for Nasukawa, this fight is as serious as it can get for him. We most certainly don’t blame his enthusiasm. It’s Floyd Mayweather we are talking about. People spend their entire life just to get a shot at the Money Man.
Nasukawa is definitely sitting on the edge of his patient as he looks forward to kicking Floyd Mayweather.
Unfortunately for both Nasukawa and kickboxing fans, the rules set by the committee prohibits Nasukawa form kicking. Nasukawa has taken a very short crash course from the world champion Linares to get himself in the groove of boxing and its rules.
Nasukawa on Tuesday after said – “I can change the world with my fist” after a demo at his family gym.
The one thing that stops him from doing that is the lack of pro status of this fight. Sure, he can try (and may succeed) to beat the living crap out of Floyd Mayweather, but it won’t count there will be no judges to make an official result.
What this means is the fight will not have any effect on either’s a professional career. Hence, the lack of seriousness from Floyd Mayweather.
After numerous failed attempts from the Nasukawa’s people, Floyd only made things official when the rules were clarified. This will be Mayweather’s first fight after his 50th win against Corner McGregor more than a year ago. That fight made his career record of 50 wins out of 50 matches. If everything goes according to plan, this will be his first fight in Japan.
Tickets are available for 100,000 yen (about $1,000) each at the Saitama Super Arena.
The only thing that Nasukawa and Floyd Mayweather has in common is the unbeaten record. Floyd Mayweather stands at an impressive 50-0 record whereas, Tenshin Nasukawa stands at a 27-0 kickboxer and 4 – 0 mixed martial arts record.
Other than that, both contenders are worlds apart when it comes to personality and fighting style.
Nasukawa mentioned he as never a fan of Mayweather and he is usually cheering the likes of Manny Pacquiao Fight. He also said he was really disappointed when he as Mayweather in person as he was not as charismatic as he would’ve thought.
According to his own words – “I sensed no aura about him. He says such provocative stuff I feel like kicking him.”
Nasukawa went as far as saying he can’t allow Mayweather to land a single punch on him. He plans on using kickboxing tips and tricks to avoid getting hit by his opponent.
With confidence Tenshin Nasukawa said –
“He is the best so I can’t let my guard down. I’m sure his punches are fast but I’m sure I can see them. I feel excited, although some days I still feel afraid. But when the day comes, I want to fight with confidence.”
After so much drama and uncertainty, the bout between The Money Man and the Kickboxing champion is now confirmed. Last November Floyd Mayweather himself gave the confirmation.
Recently we learned the fight will most certainly take place at the Rizin 14 on this New Year’s Eve. Saitama Super Arena has been confirmed as the venue for the event.
Unfortunately, as per our source, the Floyd Mayweather V Tenshin Nasukawa will not be broadcasted live in the United States. What’s even more alarming is that Floyd doesn’t seem to be enthusiastic about the fight either.
Initially, there were talks of a mixed set of rules to be fair to both fighters. However, it does not seem to be the case at all. The fight will follow a standard boxing rule and it will be a 3 round game consisting of 3 minutes each. In reality, this does not look anything but 9 minutes of “Glorified” sparing session. Well, this is the case for Floyd at least.
To make things even staler, this fight will not be considered as a professional fight and will not make any changes to either fighter’s professional career record.
Floyd Mayweather is also not trying to sell this more than just an exhibition. He himself knows this is nothing compared to his last fight against the notorious Corner McGregor. Technically, it does not count as a boxing match either and Floyd knows that.
In an interview, Mayweather Jr. bluntly tells everyone to skip the fight if they are not interested. Then again, he was never the type to create fake hypes before his fights.
However, judging by the addiction of the hardcore and casual boxing community, this fight will surely not go unnoticed.
Mayweather’s haters will most definitely continue to hate him. But you absolutely cannot deny the fact that Mayweather has a stronghold over the sport and will continue to do so.