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Floyd Mayweather to face Japanese MMA fighter Mikuru Asakura in September exhibition fight after previously making kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa cry with first round knockout

Floyd Mayweather to face Japanese MMA fighter Mikuru Asakura in September exhibition fight after previously making kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa cry with first round knockout

Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather will travel to Japan for another exhibition later this year, this time against MMA fighter Mikuru Asakura.

On Tuesday, RIZIN Fighting Federation announced during a press conference the bout which will air on RIZIN Fight Pass, but the rules and length of the fight have not yet been made public.

Mayweather will travel to Japan in September for another exhibition bout

Mayweather retired with a perfect 50-0 record after beating UFC superstar Conor McGregor in 2017 and moving on to exhibition bouts.

When ‘Money’ steps into the ring with the 29-year-old, former two-division MMA champion, it’ll be for the fourth time since he called it a career five years ago.

The 45-year-old flew to Tokyo in December 2018 after being offered $9million by RIZIN for a three-round exhibition against the 20-year-old kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa.

It was a quick night at the office for Mayweather, who dropped his undersized opponent three times, forced the stoppage, made Nasukawa cry, and danced around the ring in celebration.

Asakura, who boasts a 16-3 MMA record, is confident that he will not suffer the same fate as his compatriot when fighting Mayweather later this year.

“My name is Mikuru Asakura and I’ll be facing Floyd Mayweather,” he said at the press conference.

Mayweather Jr made light work of Nasukawa in their three round exhibition

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Mayweather Jr made light work of Nasukawa in their three round exhibition

Mikuru Asakura is certainly confident ahead of his fight with the boxing legend

Mikuru Asakura is certainly confident ahead of his fight with the boxing legend


“I’m an MMA fighter but I’m going to use this opportunity and I’m going to use him to raise my name and value internationally. I will win this fight.”

The American, who has since had two further exhibitions – one against Logan Paul in Miami last year and one against Don Moore just last month in Abu Dhabi – says he’s looking forward to fighting in Japan again.

“It’s still a great feeling to travel the world and basically do these exhibition bouts and have fun,” Mayweather said.

“My legacy is already engraved in stone, but it’s still great to just go around the world and entertain people from all walks of life.

“I’m pretty sure he’s going to come out and give his best, like any and every guy, but I’ve seen every style.

“My job is just to go out there be me, have fun and do what I do best.”

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Source: Talksport.

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