RIZIN 14: Mayweather Quickly Ends Exhibition Bout with Tenshin Nasukawa

RIZIN 14: Mayweather Quickly Ends Exhibition Bout with Tenshin Nasukawa

RIZIN 14: Mayweather Quickly Ends Exhibition Bout with Tenshin Nasukawa

Floyd Mayweather dusted off the boxing gloves and stopped Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in the first round of their three-round welterweight exhibition match on New Year's Eve.

In a mismatched contest, Mayweather floored Nasukawa, a kickboxer less than half his age, three times in the first round of the three-round contest before the Japanese fighter's trainer rushed in to stop the fight.

He has had much more grueling workouts in the gym, yet he wrote on social media that he would be paid $9 million for the scheduled nine-minute fight that wound up lasting only a fraction of that.

"This don't go on our record", Mayweather announced to the crowd in Tokyo. "I'm still retired. I don't look forward to coming back to boxing. We had fun", Mayweather said after the fight.

It was meant to be a boxing exhibition but turned out to be a one way beat down in favor of Mayweather in the end.

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Mayweather, who hadn't fought since beating UFC star Conor McGregor more than a year ago, said he was retired and came to Tokyo to give an opportunity to a younger fighter like Nasukawa.

Floyd Mayweather knocks dwon Tenshin Nasukawa. With his hands down, Mayweather was openly laughing before opening up his attack.

Showtime Pay-Per-View will air their 12-round, 147-pound title bout as the main event of a four-fight broadcast from MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mayweather landed several body and headshots that knocked Nasukawa down several times. After the third knockdown, Nasukawa's team threw in the towel, giving Mayweather the easy victory. "I'm still undefeated. This is just entertainment for the people", he added. Mayweather's boxing record stands at 50-0.

As for Nasukawa, he remains 28-0 in kickboxing and 4-0 in MMA, seemingly with a bright future ahead of him. Tenshin is a true champion and a hell of a fighter.

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