Floyd Mayweather will fight Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve.A lengthy undercard featuring MMA, kickboxing and shootboxing begins at 3pm local time – 6am UK time.There will also be another event – Rizin: Heisei’s Last Yarennoka – held before the Mayweather undercard begins.The exact ring walk time for the Mayweather bout is yet to be confirmed, but expected around 10am UK time.
On New Year’s Eve, RIZIN FF 14 will take place in Tokyo, Japan and featured a stacked night of MMA action that most notably features Bellator bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell going up against Kyoji Horiguchi.Also on that card? A three-round boxing exhibition between Floyd Mayweather and Japanese kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa. It was happening, then it wasn’t happening, now it’s happening again.And you can’t watch it live… at least not legally.FITE TV and RIZIN announced on Thursday that this weekend’s show will be shown live on PPV in North America at 1 AM ET/10 PM PT on Sunday night (December 30th) at the usual cost of $19.99.
Floyd Mayweather will soon be taking to the ring to fight for the first time since his August bout with Conor McGregor. The all-time great talent in Mayweather will be taking on Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, who is 27-0 in the realm of kickboxing. This fight will be shown at Japanese fighting event Rizin 14, and in terms of rules the fight it has been described as an ‘exhibition boxing match’. There was some ambiguity regarding the rules that the fight would be under, but the conditions for the fight seem to have been well determined at this point.
However, if this fight happens as planned, its success and the character and stature of the fighters involved could all change this. First, the fight involves the best boxer of his generation going up against the newest sensation of the Japan boxing scene which is already a superstar in his own right and it is happening in Tenshin Nasukawa’s backyard and organized by a Japanese promotion company. This is a great coup for the Japanese combat sports scene taking away a fight that would have been staged in America or Europe.