Floyd Mayweather Jr. indeed goes through the ropes on New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31) at the Saitama Super Arena. Boxing great faces Japanese kickboxer and mixed martial artist Tenshin Nasukawa making his first appearance as a professional outside of the United States.
The matchup is however only an exhibition, with no winner announced at the end of the battle. It was initially announced as a contest, however “Money” stated that he had never agreed to an official bout in Japan.
Floyd Mayweather vs Tenshin Nasukawa
The rules of matchup have been revealed earlier this month, MMA Fighting reported. The encounter is set at catchweight with the limit of 67.7 kg (147 lb). The bout is scheduled for three by three-minute rounds.
However the biggest question was what kind of “fighting” would it be. It was intriguing what would be the next move of a retired professional boxer, who won all of his 50 bouts and earned world titles in five weight classes.
Earlier this year Mayweather entertained a move to mixed martial arts and has reportedly started training MMA with UFC Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. And yet, his bout against Nasukawa is set under straight boxing rules.
‘This will be full contact competition, but the bout is not going on boxing or MMA records’
In the context of Mayweather vs. Nasukaw, Full Contact is understood as that the fighters are allowed to use their full strength eg punch as hard as they can. The cliche is that Full Contact is the original style of American kickboxing, which evolved from Karate, when the boxing gloves were put on, resulting in allowance of punches to the face, as well as kicking above the waist.
Full Contact Karate is a discipline under which the first in history kickboxing world champions were crowned in 1974: Joe Lewis, Jeff Smith, Bill Wallace and Isiasis Duenas.
The announced rules of Mayweather – Nasukawa bout have been received differently.
As an opinion: Tenshin Nasukawa is likely getting the biggest hype around his name in his entire career. It is also a positive thing for Japan, which has been widely considered as a cradle of martial arts. It is the country where leg-kick kickboxing was established, as well as famed K-1 league.
One can say Floyd Mayweather is having fun. And… making money.