In an exhibition bout no one thought would ever come to pass, former world boxing champion Floyd Mayweather (50-0-0, 27 KOs) had his way with undefeated kickboxing standout Tenshin Nasukawa (28-0-0, 22 KOs) Dec. 31 at Rizin FF 14 in the Super Saitama Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Mayweather, 41, was stepping into the ring for the first time since stopping Conor McGregor for his 50th victory in August 2017. Despite minimal preparation, including no training camp for the 20-year-old Nasukawa, he went right to work, taunting and dropping him three times in the first round, forcing Nasukawa’s team to throw in the towel at 2:20 of the first round.
As an exhibition, both fighters records remain unblemished.
Many fight fans took to social media wondering if the exhibition was fixed.
In a post-fight interview afterwards, Mayweather called Nasukawa a “young, hungry lion” and reiterated his intent to say retired from boxing.
Floyd Mayweather Rizin 14 Post Fight Interview
Part 1 – https://t.co/clV3I7vdyn
— Bruno Massami (Бруно Массами) (@BrMassami) December 31, 2018
In the event’s main event, Kyoto Horiguchi (26-2-0) submitted Bellator bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell (13-2-0) to win the new Rizin FF 135-pound belt and a future shot at Caldwell’s Bellator title in 2019.
In other bouts:
FLOYD MAYWEATHER DEF. TENSHIN NASUKAWA VIA TKO (CORNER STOPPAGE ) R1 2:20 (EXHIBITION)
KYOJI HORIGUCHI DEF. DARRION CALDWELL VIA SUBMISSION (GUILLOTINE CHOKE) R3 11:12
AYAKA HAMASAKI DEf. KANNA ASAKURA VIA SUBMISSION (ARMBAR) R2 9:33
JIFI PROCHAZKADEF DEF. BRANDON HALSEY VIA SUBMISSION (PUNCHES) R1 6:19
GABI GARCIA DEF. BARBARA NEPOMUCENO VIA SUBMISSION (KEYLOCK) R1 2:34
DAMIEN BROWN DEF. DARION CRUICKSHANK VIA SUBMISSION (GUILLOTINE CHOKE) R1 4:10
MIYUU YAMATO DEF. MIKE NAGANO VIA UD
KAZUYUKI MIYATA DEF. ERSON YAMAMOTO VIA SUBMISSION (HAMMERLOCK) R2 8:22
JOHNNY CASE DEF. YUSUKE YACHI VIA TKO (CUT) R2 9:47
YUKI MOTOYADEF DEF. JUSTIN SCOGGINS VIA SUBMISSION (LEG SCISSOR CHOKE) R1 3:27
ULKA SASAKI DEF. MANEL KAPE VIA UD
JUSTYNA HABADEF DEF. SINJU NOZAWA AUCLAIR VIA SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE) R2 8:40
TOFIK MUSAEVDEF DEF. NOBUMITSU OSAWA VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 6:19