Mayweather vs. Nasukawa – 3-round boxing demo
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Tenshin Nasukawa meet inside the square circle on New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31). The pair headlines the fight card billed as “Rizin 14”, taking place at Saitama Super Arena in Japan. The bout is a scheduled for three rounds exhibition matchup in straight boxing.
Earlier this week FIGHTMAG reported how to watch Floyd Mayweather vs. Tenshin Nasukawa on FITE TV platform.
At the recent press conference held in Tokyo, boxing great out of the United States, Floyd Mayweather said that this Monday’s (AEDT) punch on doesn’t worry him. He is looking for an entertainment (via Japan Times).
“I don’t worry about anything,” said 50-fight undefeated Mayweather. “I don’t have to train for three rounds. As far as in the sport of contact sports, I’ve seen everything throughout my career.”
Talking Nasukawa’s chances to stop him prior the final bell, “Money” advised that he had never been dropped in his entire career. He also stated that he could fight for three rounds “in his sleep”.
“Throughout my career in boxing, as far as amateur, as far as professional, I never touched the canvas once,” he said. “If you look at my record, my career, [Manny] Pacquiao, he’s a huge puncher. Miguel Cotto, [Juan Manuel] Marquez. The list goes on and on, about so many different fighters with [an] iron face. I don’t really worry about that.
“I mean, I’m sure he’s taking this fight extremely serious, he’s working out at this gym. [For me] it’s just another day. I don’t have to work hard for three rounds. I can basically do three rounds in my sleep. So I don’t worry about that.”
Knockout inside the 3 rounds
The Floyd Mayweather vs. Tenshin Nasukawa rules of the bout were announced earlier this month. The encounter is scheduled for three by three-minute rounds, with the fighters allowed to use their full strength (punch as hard as they can).
The most recent stoppage produced by Mayweather Jr. inside the three rounds goes back to December 1998 when he TKO’d Angel Manfredy at 2:47 of Round 2.
Japanese mixed martial artist and kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa recorded his latest win with punches in November 2017, when he TKO’d Ignacio Capllonch at 1:15 of Round 3. His resume includes a number of knockouts with knees and kicks, yet such techniques are not allowed in his showdown with Mayweather.
Neither Mayweather nor Nasukawa promised to knock each other out the way it’s often done by the fighters at the press conferences. Yet, everything is possible in combat sports where one punch has the power of decider.