Mayweather beats Japan's Nasukawa by technical knockout

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. capped off 2018 by heading over to Saitama, Japan to take on 20-year-old Japanese kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa at RIZIN 14, the mixed martial arts promotion's annual New Year's Eve show.

But he then demonstrated his power, launching a series of jabs and hooks to the head of the 20-year-old Japanese fighter, sending him to the canvas after just one minute.

Mayweather's declaration might disappoint those who were hoping he'd return to the ring to fight UFC superstar Khabib Nurmagomedov or fellow ageing boxer Manny Pacquiao.

Once the fight finished, Mayweather stated that he is still retired and will not be coming back to box in an official capacity.

Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa
Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa

Nasukawa and promoter RIZIN Fighting Federation's had hoped to become better, broader brands by beating the aged Mayweather. 50-0 Mayweather does not get to add another digit to his record given the status of this match-up but he does get to add $9 million to his bank account, not bad for 139 seconds work.

After the fight, Mayweather said "It was all about entertainment". After Nasukawa was knocked down for the third time, Nasukawa's corner threw in the towel to put a halt to the contest. "They wanted this to happen in Japan, so I said 'why not?'" Tenshin is still undefeated. Well, when he's picked up a million dollars a minute, who can blame him?

Back in mid-November, buzz developed about Floyd gearing back up for a bout against Tenshin Nasukawa. I want to thank God for this event, for my team.

He won the world junior karate championship, made his professional kickboxing debut at the age of 16 and has a 28-0 record with 21 wins by knockout.

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