Floyd “Money” Mayweather made very quick work of undefeated kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve in a exhibition boxing bout. The scheduled three round contest ended in just one round after Mayweather scored three knockdowns on Nasukawa. The fight headlined RIZIN 14, as part of a yearly tradition to put on a New Year’s Eve event at Saitama Super Arena in Japan. Nasukawa is one of the promotion’s biggest stars, fighting nine times in the promotion before.
Mayweather was the one chasing Nasukawa throughout the fight, but in the first minute he fought relaxed. The American boxer was smiling at times while not throwing a ton of punches. After a minute Mayweather scored his first knockdown. Tenshin got up but seemed worried, as he looked to his corner before the fight resumed. Tenshin really started to get shot around the ring by Mayweather’s punches. A right hook made Nasukawa’s head snap back into the ropes for the second knockdown. A final left hook from Mayweather had Nasukawa tripping on the ropes, with his corner ending the bout.
Confident throughout, Floyd Mayweather did a celebratory dance after the bell. Prior to the fight Mayweather claimed on Instagram that he cashed out at 9 million dollars for his performance. The bout was first announced in early November, with Floyd claiming days afterwards that he would not perform on the show. Sometime in-between then and now he worked things out with the promotion and agreed to fight once again.
The fight headlined a card that had 12 MMA fights below it. In those fights were two championship bouts, with Kyoji Horiguchi winning the inaugural Bantamweight Championship against Darrion Caldwell, and Kanna Asakura dropping her Atomweight belt to Ayaka Hamasaki.