Floyd Mayweather is returning, will fight kickboxing star!

Floyd Mayweather is returning to the fight game, but in a move nobody could have seen coming. The legendary boxer will square off with 20-year-old Tenshin Nasukawa, a 27-0...

Floyd Mayweather is returning to the fight game, but in a move nobody could have seen coming.

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The legendary boxer will square off with 20-year-old Tenshin Nasukawa, a 27-0 kickboxing sensation, on New Year’s Eve at a RIZIN event in Japan. Rizin is a MMA fight federation based out of Japan.

The rules of the fight are still being worked on, according to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani.

Ariel Helwani

@arielhelwani

RIZIN FF just announced that Floyd Mayweather Jr. will fight undefeated sensation Tenshin Nasukawa on 12/31 at the Saitama Super Arena. The press conference is live right now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKkh6k9IQZg 

Ariel Helwani

@arielhelwani

Regarding the rules and weight, Rizin chairman Nobuyuki Sakakibara said “we still have some more work ahead of us.” Everyone I’ve talked to said they’d be shocked if it’s MMA.

Ariel Helwani

@arielhelwani

Mayweather says the “weight class and rules” will “get situated” in the next couple of weeks.

Ariel Helwani

@arielhelwani

Mayweather calls this fight a “special bout” and that he’s not really worried about weight class.

Josh Gross

@yay_yee

Will Tenshin fight Floyd in boxing only? “I’m not particular. With or without kicks, I wouldn’t mind.”

Will Floyd fight kickboxing? “I just want to entertain. I will speak with my team and let my team get with Rizin. I’m sure they’ll come up with a great idea.”

There has been some talk the past few weeks about Mayweather possibly taking on UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov. UFC boss Dana White said last week that a fight between the two would have to be in the UFC, which is something Mayweather would probably never agree to.

Which makes this fight even more surprising.

Also, Nasukawa, who is 4-0 in MMA and 27-0 in kickboxing, is listed at 5-foot-5, 125 pounds. Mayweather is 5-foot-8 and was 149 pounds when he last fought against Conor McGergor in 2017.

Here’s some highlights of Nasukawa in action:

This is all still developing and it will be interesting to see how the rules for this fight come together.

But yeah, wow. Who saw this coming?

Source: usatoday.com

Photo Credit: For The Win – USA Today

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