By Jordan Ellis
Floyd Mayweather picked up another post-retirement win by stopping Japanese mixed martial artist Mikuru Asakura at the end of round two on Sunday in Saitama, Japan.
‘Money’ appeared to be in complete control of the bout until Asakura, clipped him with a right hook in the final minute of the second round.
The 30-year-old, 19-fight MMA veteran followed up his most significant fight moment with a left hand a few seconds later which resulted in a wry smile from Mayweather who was forced to move backward.
However, Mayweather quickly made his opponent pay for showing any type of ambition as he cracked him with three consecutive right hands that brought about the end of the fight.
Asakura fell to the floor just before the bell sounded to end the second round. He struggled to get back to his feet but was unable to do so before referee Kenny Bayless had completed his 10-count.
The American referee waved off the fight and Mayweather picked up another exhibition win in his fourth fight since retiring in 2017 after stretching his perfect boxing record to 50-0 by beating UFC superstar Conor McGregor.
Despite walking away from professional boxing, Mayweather has fought Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, YouTuber Logan Paul, and his former sparring partner Don Moore in exhibition bouts before his most recent scrap with Asakura.
In the lead-up to his latest outing, the 45-year-old confirmed that he will return to the ring later this year for a fight with KSI’s YouTuber brother, Deji, who secured his first professional boxing win last month.
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“Then I’ve got one with the guy Deji,” Mayweather told TMZ Sports. “I want to make sure I’m saying it right, it’s Deji right?
“We will be doing an exhibition in Dubai at the Coca-Cola Arena, that is in November.”
Deji has had a mixed boxing career so far, losing his first three fights, which included a debut stoppage defeat against Jake Paul.
In his most recent contest, however, the YouTuber somewhat redeemed himself by stopping fellow social media star, Fousey, on the undercard of his brother KSI’s event where he knocked out two opponents in one night.
Deji is yet to address the fact that he will be fighting one of the best boxers of all time, but KSI has said that if the bout goes ahead he will be ringside.
And he wants to see his younger brother “beat the f*** out of Mayweather Jr.”
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