Japanese kickboxing phenom Tenshin Nasukawa may not be a household name out of the diehard combat sports community, but he will soon be fighting on the world stage after it was announced that Tenshin has been tabbed as the next opponent for undefeated boxing star Floyd Mayweather Jr., who is ending his retirement for the bout.
Tenshin and Mayweather will be facing off at RIZIN FF 14 at the Super Saitama Arena in Japan on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2018.
While the but was officially announced at a press conference in Japan on Monday, there are a number of details that will still need to be worked out such as weight class and a specific rule set.
“As far as the weight class and the rules, we’ll talk about that,” said Mayweather, via Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com. “We’ll get that situated within the next couple of weeks. This particular bout is a special bout as far as we’re giving the people something they’ve never seen before. The world has never seen Mayweather compete live in Tokyo. Throughout the years, I’ve seen a lot of fans from Japan come to Las Vegas and come to the U.S., but me and my team said let’s do something different. Let’s go over to Japan.
“As far as the weight class, we’re not really worried about that. It’s all about me going out there and displaying my skills against another skillful fighter. So we both want to go out there and display our skills and give people excitement. I just want to entertain. I will speak with my team and I will let my team get with Rizin and I’m pretty sure they’ll come up with a great idea, but it’s all about entertainment and that’s what we want to do for the people.”
Below is more information on Mayweather’s next opponent.
Who Is Tenshin Nasukawa?
Born August 18, 1998, Tenshin Nasukawa is a Japanese kickboxer from Tokyo who is one of the top strikers in the world. The 20-year-old prodigy amassed an amateur record of 99-5 by his 18th birthday and eventually turned pro with an overall record of 105-1-1.
Tenshin is currently 27-0 (20 KOs) as a professional kickboxer and holds a 4-0 professional record in mixed martial arts. He is currently signed to RIZIN FF where he is set to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. on December 31, 2018.
Tenshin, who is a southpaw, has won the RISE bantamweight championship, RISE featherweight championship, BLADE Japan Cup – 55kg tournament, ISKA Oriental Rules bantamweight championship, and RIZIN Kick Tournament 57kg championship. His most recent win was a decision victory over former UFC fighter Kyoji Horiguchi at Rizin FF 13.