Just over a week away from their three-round exhibition on New Year’s Eve, Tenshin Nasukawa wishes Floyd Mayweather took their “exhibition” seriously.
While the rules of their fight, which Mayweather claims will be “nine minutes of entertainment” limit it, Nasukawa is looking to knock Mayweather’s head with a kick.
“I can change the world with my fist,” Nasukawa said leading into his December 31st boxing match.
The fight will lack judges and will have no impact on either fighter’s record, and the official weigh-in for the fight will take place in Mayweather’s hotel room, lacking the usual pomp and circumstance of the some-what retired fighter’s more recent fights.
Speaking to Mayweather’s personality, Nasukawa expressed disappointment in the lack of charisma from the undefeated boxer. “I sensed no aura about him,” he said.
“He says such provocative stuff I feel like kicking him.”
Nasukawa, who is training with Jorge Linares, who spent much of his early career in Japan, plans to make Mayweather work for any punch the heavyier fighter looks to land at the Saitama Super Arena.
“He is the best so I can’t let my guard down. I’m sure his punches are fast but I’m sure I can see them.
“I feel excited, although some days I still feel afraid,” Nasukawa added. “But when the day comes, I want to fight with confidence.”
Initial Report: Associated Press