MMA Fighting has Floyd Mayweather vs. Tenshin Nasukawa live blog for round-by-round updates of Mayweather’s unexpected return to competition.
The Rizin 14 event will start on Dec. 31 at 1:00 a.m. ET and the Mayweather vs. Nasukawa is expected to start around 9 a.m. ET. Check out our Rizin 14: Mayweather vs. Nasukawa results page to find out what happened on the undercard. Mayweather, who is 50-0 in boxing, will be coming out of retirement to face the 4-0 Japanese star Nasukawa in an exhibition match composed of three three-minute rounds under straight boxing rules.
Check out the Mayweather vs. Nasukawa main event live blog below.
Tenshin Nasukawa begins his ring walk at 11:03 pm local time wearing a long white robe, white trunks and a gold chain around his neck. He struts down the aisle letting out shouts as he gets closer to the squared circle. Before entering the ring he gets into a huddle with numerous members of his team, embracing each member of the team before he waves to the crowd and eventually moves through the ropes.
Floyd Mayweather appears at 11:07 pm local time wearing a white mask across his nose and mouth and a black robe. A DJ implores the crowd to scream “TMT” when he emerges with a big entourage, one of whom is miming his entrance song. Mayweather gets straight into the ring and circles towards Nasukawa, pulling his hood down to show a black baseball cap with ‘USA’ emblazoned on the front. He smiles and laughs before he eventually takes his robe off.
Round 1: After the national anthems of Japan and the U.S.A were observed, the bell sounds to get the action underway at 11:20. Kenny Bayless is the referee for this exhibition bout.
Nasukawa and Mayweather meet each other in the middle, with the American throwing out lazy left hands. Mayweather smiles and feints as Nasukawa looks to get started. “Money” constantly moves forward and catches Nasukawa with a body shot before knocking him down with a right hand. After answering th eight count, Nasukawa explodes into action, but fails to get through. Mayweather sends Nasukawa down again for another eight count before the minute mark. He meets the canvas again about 10 seconds after getting back to his feet. Nasukawa’s corner throw the towel in to stop the action with about 40 seconds left on the clock.