Floyd Mayweather and Tenshin Nasukawa are scheduled to fight in one of the most interesting fighting exhibitions that boxing and MMA have ever seen. Nasukawa is currently only fighting in kickboxing matches in Japan and other countries nearby. Nasukawa has also fought in 4 MMA matches but has not fought in one since 2016 and he boasts an overall record of 28-0 in kickboxing and MMA. The 20-year-old is the biggest kickboxing star in Japan and he will be switching over to MMA in 2 or 3 years.
While Mayweather is one of the greatest boxers of all time and has a spotless record of 50-0. Their exhibition match will not affect their records as it is not an official fight. Both fighters eventually agreed to a boxing match after there were reports that the match was canceled because Nasukawa wanted to have kicked in the match as well. After it was all sorted out, Mayweather announced the match was back on and everyone in the boxing and MMA community was excited to see this interesting matchup. Mayweather is reportedly making a huge amount of money for the exhibition match as he continues to take in millions of dollars after his professional career ended.
Nasukawa recently had another kickboxing match as he continued his undefeated streak. Nasukawa easily defeated Naito in a kickboxing bout on November 17th in a warmup for the Mayweather bout on New Year’s Eve. Nasukawa took his rival to the floor three separate times in the first three rounds before the referee put an end to the match. Nasukawa bombarded Naito with a bunch of high speed punches all throughout the match until Nasukawa backed Naito into a corner and continued to pummel Naito until the referee called the match. Nasukawa put on an impressive display during the match and he will be ready to face Mayweather on New Year’s Eve.
It will be interesting to see if Nasukawa will be able to replicate any of his punches against Mayweather. Mayweather must have seen some highlights of the match and he will certainly be studying Nasukawa to learn his weaknesses. Naito is not nearly as good as a boxer as Mayweather so Nasukawa will have a much harder time landing punches against Mayweather. Mayweather is known as maybe the greatest evader of punches of all time as even the best boxers of his generation struggled to land punches on Mayweather.
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Age is one thing that is on Nasukawa’s side as he is half the age of Mayweather at 20 while Mayweather is 41. Mayweather has not had a competitive bout since he fought Conor McGregor back in 2017 where he looked just as good as he ever looked. There is little doubt that Mayweather will be in a weakened or lessen state due to his time off. Nasukawa may have to pray for a miracle that he will be able to even land a punch on the all-time great. The exhibition match only lasts 3 rounds so Nasukawa will be able to go all out for the three rounds and try to do some damage to Mayweather. With Mayweather’s experience, it is unlikely that Nasukawa will be able to get any good shots on him.
Make sure you tune in New Year’s Eve to check out the action!