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‘My punch can change history’: Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa to fight Floyd Mayweather in December

TOKYO — Floyd Mayweather is planning on fighting Japanese
kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on Dec. 31 in Saitama, north of
Tokyo.

The 41-year-old Mayweather is 50-0 in his boxing career but has
never fought professionally under MMA rules. Although he did
have a lucrative win over MMA fighter Conor McGregor last year.

Japanese promoter the RIZIN Fighting Federation on Monday said
rules and the weight class for the bout have not been set.

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

Floyd
Mayweather, left, of the U.S. shakes hands with Japanese
kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa during a press conference in Tokyo,
Monday, Nov. 5, 2018.
Katsuya Miyagawa/Kyodo News
via AP

The 20-year-old Nasukawa, speaking at a news conference
alongside Mayweather, called it “probably the biggest event of
my life so far.”

He also vowed to end Mayweather’s long string of victories.

“Nobody has defeated my opponent in the past, and I would like
to be the man who makes history,” Nasukawa said, speaking
through an interpreter. “My punch can change history. And I
will show that to you. So please stay tuned.”

Mayweather sat calmly and then praised his young opponent.

“I think he’s young, very strong and very fast and he
undefeated so it’s obvious he’s doing something right,”
Mayweather said.

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