Boxing: Stars React As Floyd Mayweather Destroys Tenshin Nasukawa In Exhibition Bout In Japan

Floyd Mayweather knocked down Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa three times en route to a first-round stoppage in their boxing exhibition at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama City, Japan on New Year’s Eve.
Mayweather, 41, a former five-weight world champion who retired from boxing with a perfect professional record of 50-0 last year, saw off an opponent 21 years his junior — who had never fought a straight boxing match — in brisk fashion.

In a bout that was scheduled for three rounds just outside Tokyo, Nasukawa lasted only two minutes and 20 seconds before his corner threw in the towel.  Mayweather said in the build-up he expected to pocket $US9 million (N3 billion) from the fight, which headlined an event organisedby Rizin Fighting Federation, a Japanese mixed martial arts organisation on New Year’s Eve.

 A grinning Mayweather started supremely confidently and dropped Nasukawa for the first time with a left hook with barely a minute gone.

A body shot followed by an uppercut saw Nasukawa slump to the canvas again moments later, with the southpaw bravely getting to his feet, albeit on unsteady legs.

A one-two from Mayweather precipitated the end of the contest, and the American said in quotes published by BBC Sport:

It was all about entertainment — we had a lot of fun. They wanted this to happen in Japan, so I said ‘why not?’.  “

I’m still undefeated. Tenshin is still undefeated. Tenshin is a true champion and a hell of a fighter.  “

I want the fans around the world to support Tenshin, he’s a great guy and a great champion.

 Floyd Mayweather has been slammed after mercilessly destroying a novice Japanese boxer in what was supposed to be an exhibition bout.

Some boxing legends were less than impressed.

Manny Pacquiao appeared to throw shade at his former rival, declaring his New Year’s resolution was to “continue to only fight experienced opponents who are my size or bigger”, but former world champion Andre Ward had no problem with Mayweather taking the cash.

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