Mayweather vs Nasukawa rules: Japanese fighter looks to make a statementWritten by Leroy Cleveland
Retired 42 year old fight legend Floyd Mayweather (50-0) will face 20 year old Japanese kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa (28-0 in kickboxing) in the latter's native Japan in an exhibition on New Year's Eve.
And obviously the first question is: What are the Mayweather vs Nasukawa rules?
Mayweather vs Nasukawa will be contested as a boxing match with boxing rules. It's that simple. However, there are some caveats.
The fight will consist of only three 3-minute rounds and both men will wear 8 oz gloves. The weight limit is 147 lbs (welterweight) and there will be no judges. There will be full contact, however, and a fighter can score knockdowns and a knockout.
Nasukawa understands how much defeating Floyd or holding his own against the boxing legend would mean for his legacy and Japanese combat sports:
"This is a great opportunity and we're happy to take it," Tenshin said via WorldBoxingNews.net. I'm going to put everything out there and show my strengths. I think that I'm the faster fighter. I'm going to use my weapons against him.
"There's never been a Japanese fighter to face Floyd Mayweather in the ring. As an athlete, this is something that's a great honor and a challenging task. I'd like to make a big impression.
"I want to get the whole fight community, the whole country of Japan and the entire world involved in this fight. I'm going to go in there believing in myself and ready to prove myself."
What's an exhibition?
An exhibition bout can be described as a three round "gimmick fight."
Many exhibition fights involve popular current or former world champions, and exhibition bouts are usually carried out for charity purposes or for the public's entertainment. Exhibition fights are usually not listed as having taken place on boxer career records. Hence, the results are not part of a fighter's official win-loss record.
High-profile boxing exhibitions are rare. However, Muhammad Ali staged a few in the 1970s, facing the likes of then-teen star Michael Dokes, Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki, entertainment wrestler Gorilla Monsoon, NFL star Lyle Alzado and NHL star Dave Semenko.
Also, in the early part of the 20th Century star fighters would stage exhibitions as "glorified sparring matches" as a way to prepare for an upcoming bout.