Floyd Mayweather will exit retirement once again to fight a Japanese kickboxer, Tenshin Nasukawa, who is half his age, on New Year’s Eve in Saitama.
In a shock move, the American former world boxing champion announced that he is aligning with the Mixed Martial Arts company (MMA) RIZIN Fighting Federation as he poses for a photograph with his opponent Tenshin Nasukawa during a news conference in Japan.
Floyd Mayweather has opened the door to his first MMA bout and his first departure from traditional boxing with this fight against 20 year old Tenshin Nasukawa.
Rizin Fighting Federation who are co-promoting the fight confirmed that it would take place under “special rules” though did not specify whether it would be a straight boxing event.
Prior to the announcement, Mayweather posted a teaser photo on Instagram of himself wearing Rizin gloves with the caption “December 31st 2018 #Tokyo”.
Mayweather insisted Nasukawa would be no pushover.
“He’s young and he’s undefeated so it’s obvious he’s doing something right,” he said.
The fight will be Mayweather’s first outside of Las Vegas since he knocked out Sharmba Mitchell in the sixth round in November 2005 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon.
Floyd 41, who came out of a two-year retirement in August 2017 and knocked out UFC superstar, Conor McGregor in a hyped boxing match that became the second-highest grossing event in combat sports history is often referred to as the best defensive boxer in history.