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Walk or farce? Mayweather finished kickboxing championship of Japan



Floyd Mayweather spent less than three minutes trying to knock out Japanese kickboxer Tenshina Nasukawa three times in an unequal New Year's fight.

Nasukawa's father threw a towel after 140 seconds of the first round on Monday, when his 20-year-old son bravely reeled around the ring, trying to get up.

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It was a quick and deafening victory for a 41-year-old boxer. Mayweather looked good after the victory, hugged the sobbing Nasukawa and called him "still a great champion." However, Nasukawa could hardly strike a much more experienced opponent.

The rules of the three rounds – organized by the Rizin Federation and held at the Saitama Super Arena outside of Tokyo – did not allow kicks or official referee counting.

“Tenshin is still invincible, I'm still invincible,” said Mayweather.

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The American won all his 50 professional fights, while Nasukawa has an unbeatable record in kickboxing and mixed martial arts.

“The thing is to have fun,” Mayweather told reporters after the match, praising Nasukawa as a “hungry young lion.”
Mayweather-Nasukawa ended the evening with more than a dozen matches broadcast by FITE for a fee, but not in the United States. Fuji TV was responsible for broadcasting the event in Japan.

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Mayweather, who had not fought since his UFC star Conor MacGregor’s victory over a year ago, said he resigned and went to Tokyo to give a chance to a young boxer like Nasukawa.

“I told Tenshina to“ keep my head, ”said Mayweather.


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