Floyd Mayweather's next fight will be in Japan on New Year's Eve against a kickboxer/MMA fighter. Here he is seen at a press conference announcing the RIZIN fight.
Floyd Mayweather’s next fight will be in Japan on New Year’s Eve against a kickboxer/MMA fighter. Here he is seen at a press conference announcing the RIZIN fight.Source: Supplied

FLOYD Mayweather’s next fight has been revealed. And it’s with a 20-year-old unbeaten kickboxer/MMA fighter from Japan.

The 50-0 boxer will fight Tenshin Nasukawa at Japanese promotion RIZIN’s show at the famous Saitama Super Arena on New Year’s Eve 2018.

The match has been dubbed a ‘Super Challenge’ bout with the rules yet to be confirmed.

RIZIN is run by many of the minds behind PRIDE FC, a now-defunct promotion from the late 1990s and early 2000s beloved by many MMA fans.

Nasukawa, despite having just turned 20 a couple of months ago, is 27-0 between both MMA and kickboxing fights.

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Well, that didn’t go as planned.. The gameplan was to be competitive in the first couple rounds but keep the distance and then take over in the latter rounds. I got drawn in to unnecessary fights with him and that’s where he wanted me. I was down 2 rounds with two of the judges scorecards and one judge had it even, coming in to the 8th round. With 5 more rounds to go I was quite certain I could’ve flipped it. The eye is ok (looks worse than it is), got a couple of stitches above the eyebrow from a cut, drained blood from my ear and also got a small fracture in my jaw in the 5th round. A tough Saturday night, in other words. I just want to say thank you to everyone who’s been supporting me and cheering for me. I hope you enjoyed my fight even though it didn’t go my way but I will come back stronger. Love you all! ❤️

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“The eye is ok (looks worse than it is), got a couple of stitches above the eyebrow from a cut, drained blood from my ear and also got a small fracture in my jaw in the 5th round,” he said.


“A tough Saturday night, in other words.”


That’s one way to put it.

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KHABIB Nurmagomedov could be in line to fight Floyd Mayweather AND Conor McGregor, his manager has hinted.

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Ali Abdelaziz sent fan speculation into overdrive yesterday by tweeting: “We will blow your mind big news coming @TeamKhabib.”


The UFC lightweight king has been lined up for bouts with both superstars as well as a showdown with MMA legend Georges St-Pierre.


And it must be remembered he is currently banned from the sport after his and McGregor’s suspensions were extended at a hearing last week.


The pair were under investigation following their shocking post-fight brawl at UFC 229.


McGregor wants a rematch after he tapped out in the fourth round of their blockbuster bout, with his eyes on regaining the lightweight crown.


We will blow your mind big news coming @TeamKhabib 🔥🔥🔥🙏🏻

— Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00) October 28, 2018


But Nurmagomedov could branch out into boxing – and it appears he will have to if he wants to take on the retired Mayweather.


Khabib called out the former pound for pound king earlier this month saying he wants to put both their unbeaten records on the line.


He said: “Hey let’s go, Floyd, we have to fight now. 50-0 versus 27-0, two guys that never lose.”


And Mayweather responded by saying: “Oh, we fighting! I’m my own boss so I can’t say what’s going on on Khabib’s end but on my end we can make it happen.”


Abdelaziz confirmed that his man is open to the idea of their showdown being under Queensberry rules rather than in the Octagon.


Nurmagomedov, who is from the Dagestan region of Russia, recently indicated his desire to fight Mayweather at the World Cup final venue.


But he has also been told by UFC chief Dana White to fight Tony Ferguson.


That is in preference to a rematch against McGregor – who was over the weekend called out by Darren Till for an Anfield superfight.


This article was originally published on The Sun and was republished with permission.

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