Mayweather To Fight Japanese Kickboxer Nasukawa

Floyd Mayweather announces next fight with key detail missing

But who is the Japanese kickboxing star?

Talk of a comeback has been steadily building in recent months but Mayweather's decision to partner up with the Rizin Fighting Federation - an MMA promotion company - still comes as a shock. We bring you the lowdown on Nasukawa.

Floyd Mayweather is planning on fighting Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on December 31 in Saitama, north of Tokyo. On account Nasukawa in professional mixed martial arts four wins and zero losses. He is versed in full contact karate.

Mayweather is widely regarded as the greatest boxer of his generation but seemingly retired after taking his flawless professional record to 50-0 by defeating UFC star Conor McGregor in August previous year.

"I think my shortest answer to that is the fact that now we are aligned to achieve something together and that is hitting a new challenge, taking a step forward to whatever wonderful thing that we can create together", Rizin promoter Nobuyaki Sakakibara said.

"Rizin has done a remarkable job with the fighters", Mayweather said.

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This appeared far from an obvious match-up, but Mayweather's motivations in taking this bout with Nasukawa were fairly clear as he discussed the fight on Monday, highlighting the opportunity to promote his brand in Asia.

"I fought in the U.S. for all 50 fights but as an amateur I was able to travel and fight in Russia, Cuba and so many different countries".

Mayweather (50-0 - boxing) was last seen competing against Conor McGregor in August 2017 where the undefeated boxer coasted to victory against the mixed martial artist before a 10th round TKO.

"I wanted to do something different", said Mayweather.

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Mayweather and Nasukawa have not yet agreed the rules of the bout, but there would be some appeal to a shift towards MMA away from the UFC spotlight.

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