Nasukawa Aims To KO Floyd
Even though it’s only an exhibition on New Year’s Eve, Tenshin Nasukawa is looking to knockout Floyd Mayweather.
The fight, which was announced earlier this month with a press conference in Tokyo, was cancelled by Mayweather days later due to what Rizin CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara called a “misunderstanding” of whether it was an official fight or an exhibition, is back on for December 31st.
“It will be a non-official bout. It won’t be on record. So, it’s an exhibition match,” Sakakibara told reporters at Haneda airport in Tokyo returning from talks with Mayweather in Los Angeles.
“But at worst it’s not going to be a sparring session… they will fight aiming to get a knock out.
“We don’t want people to think this is some half-hearted playing around. [Mayweather] will stand before Tenshin [on] December 31. It’s up to Tenshin whether he can create a miracle.”
Asked if the bout could be cancelled again, Sakakibara said: “I don’t think there will be a cancellation unless unforeseen circumstances such as an extraordinary natural phenomenon occurs.”
Sakakibara confirmed Mayweather’s claims that it would be a traditional boxing match, which is a disadvantage for the kickboxer and MMA fighter, Nasukawa.
“But I want him to pull off something like a miracle,” he said adding that further details of rules such as a decision will be discussed later.
Quotes Via: Boxing Scene