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Floyd Mayweather stops Tenshin Nasukawa in one round

Simon Maguire
Simon Maguire

03:53 31 Dec 2018


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Floyd Mayweather made short work of Japanese kick-boxing star Tenshin Nasukasa in their exhibition fight at RIZIN 14 in Japan.

The undefeated American dominated the 'limited set rules' bout - a boxing fight - from the off, flooring Nasukasa three times before his corner threw in the towel with 40 seconds left on the clock in the opening round.

The much-maligned bout received little coverage in the mainstream media and the fight provided the evidence why. Mayweather came out of his corner and began wildly swinging from distance - apparently mocking his smaller opponent. The American has sometimes struggled with southpaw opponents in the past but Nasukasa offered little resistance while the size advantage for Mayweather was obvious from the start.

Essentially retired from professional boxing, it's the second time in succession Mayweather has taken on a fighter making his boxing debut - after he fought, and stopped, Conor McGregor in 2017.

Speaking afterwards, Mayweather said: "It was all about entertainment. We had fun but I want to thank God for this unbelievable turn out. I want to thank God for this event, for my team. Toyko, Japan - you guys are amazing - I want to say 'Thank you'.

"Mayweather Promotions, Leonard Ellerbe - we are the past, the present, the future of sports and entertainment"

I want to say 'Thank you' to Tenshin - it's all about entertainment. This don't go on my record - this don't go on Tenshin's record. Tenshin is still undefeated - I'm still undefeated. This was just entertainment for the people. I'm still retired - I don't look forward to coming back to boxing but I wanted to do this to entertain the fans in Japan."

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