MATSUDO, Japan (AP) — To Floyd Mayweather, his three-round match on New yr's Eve in Japan is for leisure only.
To opponent Tenshin Nasukawa, the "exhibition" is as critical as a kick to the pinnacle.
Which is what he needs he could do to Mayweather.
however the rules of their match limit the unheralded kickboxer from kicking. So he's taken a crash path in boxing. amongst his advisers changed into three-weight world champion Jorge Linares.
"i will be able to alternate the realm with my fist," Nasukawa talked about in his quiet voice on Tuesday after an indication exercising at his family unit's Teppen health club within the Tokyo suburb of Matsudo.
apart from, he really can't alternate the area. There may be no judges and no professional outcomes.
When 20-yr-historical Nasukawa's individuals have been closing month touting a true bout, the forty one-yr-historical Mayweather walked away. He hasn't fought due to the fact beating Conor McGregor more than a year in the past for his fiftieth win from 50 fights. He returned to this matchup only after getting the rules clarified to make his first bout in Japan extra about "amusement."
The Rizin fighting Federation organizers are even inclined to placate Mayweather by engaging in the weigh-in in his resort room.
regardless of every thing, VIP seats are going for 100,000 yen ($1,000) each and every at Saitama tremendous area, on the northern outskirts of Tokyo.
There's little Nasukawa has in normal with Mayweather, apart from each being unbeaten. Nasukawa is undefeated as a kickboxer at 27-0 and undefeated in blended martial arts at 4-0.
He said he by no means turned into plenty of a Mayweather fan, usually cheering for his opponents, comparable to Manny Pacquiao. And when he met him in adult, Nasukawa spoke of he changed into a bit upset that Mayweather wasn't as charismatic as he notion he become.
"I sensed no air of mystery about him," he spoke of.
"He says such provocative stuff I consider like kicking him."
Nasukawa noted he can't enable the taller and heavier Mayweather to land a single punch in their three rounds. He plans to use his kickboxing nous to evade getting hit.
"he's the best so i can't let my shield down. I'm sure his punches are speedy but I'm sure i can see them.
"I think excited, besides the fact that children some days I still believe afraid," Nasukawa brought. "but when the day comes, I want to combat with self assurance."