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.

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“A tough Saturday night, in other words.”

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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.”

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

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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.

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

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

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

— Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00) October 28, 2018

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

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

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

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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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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