Tenshin Nasukawa Issues Statement On TKO Loss To Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa unsuccessfully challenged Floyd Mayweather inside the ring recently. On New Year’s Eve in Tokyo, Japan, “Money” stepped into the ring against Nasukawa for an exhibition bout at RIZIN FF 14. The fight did not count on either man’s record and was scheduled to go three three-minute rounds. Instead, Mayweather finished the […]

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Kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa unsuccessfully challenged Floyd Mayweather inside the ring recently.

On New Year’s Eve in Tokyo, Japan, “Money” stepped into the ring against Nasukawa for an exhibition bout at RIZIN FF 14. The fight did not count on either man’s record and was scheduled to go three three-minute rounds. Instead, Mayweather finished the action early in the first round after knocking Nasukawa down three times.

After the third knockdown, Nasukawa’s corner threw in the towel to protect their fighter from suffering further damage. Shortly after his defeat to arguably the greatest boxer who has ever lived, Nasukawa released the following statement on Instagram (translated via Google Translate):

“It was a challenge to fight with being said to be reckless. Although the result has been knocked down I do not regret it. I did not reach Mayweather at my own 20 years. In case.

“But I came out with courage. In case. Thank you very much, Mayweather players who fought. In case. Thank you very much for everyone who supported me.

“In case I could not shape your thoughts, but I will continue to challenge from now on. Everyone, thank you again this year. In case.”

It was an amazing performance from Mayweather, who came out very aggressive, which is uncommon for the 41-year-old. Also, “Money” claims he didn’t even have a training camp for his fight with the Japanese star, making his performance all the more impressive.

However, his lack of preparation was likely due to the fact that, regardless of the result (win or lose), it would not affect his perfect 50-0 boxing record. Perhaps even more impressive, Mayweather claims he made nine million dollars for his destruction of Nasukawa in Japan.

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Floyd Mayweather Claims He Had No Training Camp For RIZIN 14

Floyd Mayweather had no trouble making quick work of Japanese kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa at RIZIN 14 on New Year’s Eve. Mayweather was the bigger, stronger, and more experinced fighter heading into exhibition with Tenshin. And according to the 50-0 pugilist, he did very little training for this fight. “Did I have a training camp […]

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Floyd Mayweather had no trouble making quick work of Japanese kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa at RIZIN 14 on New Year’s Eve.

Mayweather was the bigger, stronger, and more experinced fighter heading into exhibition with Tenshin. And according to the 50-0 pugilist, he did very little training for this fight.

“Did I have a training camp for this fight? No,” Mayweather said during the post-fight press conference via Bloody Elbow. “I went to the gym a few times and moved around with Daquan (Mays), a young champion on the rise. Now, I’mma call him a champion now — he could be a champion, which I believe he can, with experience, and if he listened. He’s young, he has a lot to learn, but he will be okay.

“I’m just happy he was able to move around with me, just a little bit, just to get the kinks out, so I can come out here and perform for you guys.”

Watch Floyd Mayweather’s post-fight press conference below.

Many fans have criticized the fight saying it was fixed. Regardless, Mayweather dropped the 20 year old three times and finished off the kickboxer in under one round.

In typical “Money” Mayweather fashion, he then went on to flaunt his earnings.

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American Fans Still Don’t Know How To Watch Floyd vs. Tenshin

One week away from New Year’s Eve and RIZIN 14 headlined by Mayweather vs. Tenshin still doesn’t have a direct way for American fans to watch. The Japanese MMA promotion should be attempting to break into the Amercian market with their year-ending show on New Year’s Eve. The card is a solid one, capped off […]

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One week away from New Year’s Eve and RIZIN 14 headlined by Mayweather vs. Tenshin still doesn’t have a direct way for American fans to watch.

The Japanese MMA promotion should be attempting to break into the Amercian market with their year-ending show on New Year’s Eve.

The card is a solid one, capped off by Floyd vs. Tenshin in a nine-minute boxing exhibition. The problem is that fans here in America still dont know how to tune in.

FITE.TV has been the home for RIZIN in the past. However, just about one week out and neither organization has announced a streaming deal.

Some prognosticators have speculated that RIZIN wants to sell the rights for the Mayweather vs. Tenshin fight for as much as possible. But with only eight days left until their annual year-ending blowout, fans are starting to worry a little.

If and when the viewing options do become available for American fans, we will have you covered. But for now here is a look at the entire fight card.

Main Card

Floyd Mayweather vs. Tenshin Nasukawa – MMA exhibition 
Champ Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Darrion Caldwell – for Rizin bantamweight title 
Kanna Asakura vs. Ayaka Hamasaki – for vacant super atomweight title 
Brandon Halsey vs. Jiri Prochazka 
Gabi Garcia vs. Barbara Nepomuceno 
Daron Cruickshank vs. Damien Brown 
Mika Nagano vs. Miyuu Yamamoto

Prelim Card

Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Erson Yamamoto 
Johnny Case vs. Yusuke Yachi 
Yuki Motoya vs. Justin Scoggins 
Manel Kape vs. Ulka Sasaki 
Shinju Nozawa-Auclair vs. Justyna Haba 
Tofik Musaev vs. Nobumitsu Osawa 
Samantha Jean-Francois vs. Rena Kubota

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Tenshin Nasukawa: I Feel Like Kicking Floyd Mayweather

Tenshin Nasukawa will be Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s next challenger.  The kickboxing star and undefeated boxing legend will step into the cage for the RIZIN promotion. It’s set to go down from the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan, on New Year’s Eve. Mayweather vs. Nasukawa will headline RIZIN 14. Speaking to media at his family’s Teppen gym […]

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Tenshin Nasukawa will be Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s next challenger. 

The kickboxing star and undefeated boxing legend will step into the cage for the RIZIN promotion. It’s set to go down from the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan, on New Year’s Eve. Mayweather vs. Nasukawa will headline RIZIN 14. Speaking to media at his family’s Teppen gym in Northern Japan, Nasukawa spoke of his interactions with Mayweather.

Nasukawa sounds to be annoyed with “Money,” who he says he wants to kick (via ABS-CBN Sports):

“I can change the world with my fist,” Nasukawa said. “I sensed no aura about him. He says such provocative stuff I feel like kicking him. 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.”

Nasukawa and Mayweather will compete in a three-round exhibition bout that will not count on their combat sports records. Also, Nasukawa will not be able to use, arguably, his greatest weapon – his kicks. Instead, they’ll fight in a bout with only punches being allowed.

Perhaps Nasukawa could be the one to finally best Mayweather inside the ring. Whether he does or not, however, it won’t count on either man’s overall record.

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Tenshin Nasukawa On Mayweather: “I Feel Like Kicking Him”

Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be stepping into the ring with undefeated kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa. The action goes down under the RIZIN banner at RIZIN 14 from the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan. The fight, however, will not count on either man…

Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be stepping into the ring with undefeated kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa. The action goes down under the RIZIN banner at RIZIN 14 from the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan. The fight, however, will not count on either man’s official combat sports record, and Nasukawa is not allowed to throw kicks. Nasukawa has […]

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Floyd Mayweather Backtracks On Potential MMA Fight

It looks like Floyd Mayweather doesn’t sound too enthusiastic about potentially fighting in mixed martial arts (MMA) anymore. The chatter started up during the build-up to Conor McGregor and Mayweather’s boxing bout last year. Mayweather said he’d like to fight inside the Octagon next. However, that has yet to come even close to materializing. Now, […]

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It looks like Floyd Mayweather doesn’t sound too enthusiastic about potentially fighting in mixed martial arts (MMA) anymore.

The chatter started up during the build-up to Conor McGregor and Mayweather’s boxing bout last year. Mayweather said he’d like to fight inside the Octagon next. However, that has yet to come even close to materializing. Now, Mayweather will be competing in a bout against undefeated kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa at RIZIN 14.

The show will go down on December 31, 2018, under boxing rules. Regardless of the outcome, the fight will not count on either man’s record. Speaking to media recently to promote the contest, Mayweather was asked about any possible MMA aspirations. When asked about fighting in MMA under special rules, Mayweather said any fight he participates in will have to be under boxing rules (via MMA Junkie):

“Everything is always on my times. I’m the A-side always. I’m not going to fight in an MMA ring. If I do fight in a MMA ring, boxing only. Everything is my rules, it’s my way.

“I worked hard to put myself in the position that I call all the shots, simple and plain. He may be a kickboxer, but he got to abide by my rules, simple and plain. And if he raises his feet, it’s in the contract, I get some more money.”

When further pressed on fighting purely MMA, Mayweather said he’s not a “degenerate”:

“I’m not a (expletive) degenerate. I’m not going into nobody else’s cage and do what they do. I would’ve did that from the beginning. I’m a boxer. Floyd Mayweather is a boxer.

“And if anybody wants to compete against me or fight against me, it’s in the cage. Simple and plain.”

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