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Floyd Mayweather to fight Japanese kickboxing sensation on New Year's Eve

Floyd Mayweather to fight Japanese kickboxing sensation on New Year's Eve

The 41-year-old has signed a deal with Rizin Fighting Federation to fight in Saitama, Japan on December 31.

But at a press conference in Japan earlier this morning, it was announced that the Olympic bronze medallist take on undefeated MMA phenom Tenshin Nasukawa.

"But this particular bout is special as far as giving people something they've never seen before".

Mayweather, who claims to have earned $100 million from his McGregor fight, teased the bout with Nasukawa earlier Sunday by taking an Instagram photo in which he was wearing kickboxing gloves.

"We'll talk about that, we'll get that situated within the next couple weeks", Mayweather said when asked Monday about the weight and the rules.

Nasukawa, for his part, is relishing the chance to fight with Mayweather, admitting his surprise when he was offered the opportunity.

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If the fight doesn't fall through, he will be two decades older than the 20-year-old Nasukawa, who is unbeaten in kickboxing with a 27-0 record. He said negotiations were ongoing with Nasukawa's representatives and that his skill-set did not end at boxing. "My punch can change history and I will show that to you".

Rumour first arose Maywether would take on the young champ yesterday when RIZIN promoter Nobuyuki Sakakibara, while speaking to the media, hinted the idea there would be some sort of partnership extablished.

"Rizin has done a phenomenal job with the fighters", Mayweather said. He recently defeated former UFC fighter Kyoji Horiguchi in a kickboxing fight.

Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather is once again coming out of retirement, but this time, it could be as a mixed martial artist. Stay tuned for future news regarding the rules the bout will be contested under, as well as other match-ups for the card. "My opponent looks taller than he actually is, but I think I could hit him". "I love to entertain, I like for people to be entertained and who doesn't want to be entertained".

"I have fought in the USA for all 50 of my fights".


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