Rizin adds Mayweather vs Nasukawa for New Year’s Eve

RIZIN 14 is scheduled for 31 December at the famed Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Photo: RIZIN.

RIZIN FF has announced undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather will face Tenshin Nasukawa at RIZIN 14 on New Years Eve.

“I’m very happy to be back in Tokyo,” Mayweather said.

“I’ve been here upwards of eight or 10 times. I love that I was able to get together with my team. I couldn’t choose a greater company than RIZIN. My relationship with RIZIN doesn’t stop here. I look forward to taking this worldwide.”

Mayweather will face kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa in a bout with rules to be announced in the coming days.

“My role as a fighter is to make sure Japan gets a lot of excitement,” Tenshin said.

“This is my biggest event in my life.”

Mayweather said Tenshin was a special fighter. “He’s powerful, fast and strong. I have experience on my side, he has youth on his side.”

RIZIN boss Nobuyuki Sakakibara stated, “First, we had to convince Mr Mayweather to come to the ring. There was only one opponent we could consider for him, Tenshin.”

Tenshin said, “I’m not particular about the rules… I’m okay with boxing.” Rules and weight class are still being negotiated.

31 December 2018
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