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05th Nov 2018

Floyd Mayweather’s first fight in MMA federation officially announced for New Year’s Eve

James Dawson

Floyd Mayweather has announced he is coming out of retirement again

Floyd Mayweather will make his MMA federation debut on New Year’s Eve when he takes on unbeaten kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in Japan.

Having previously teased fights against Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov, it has now been confirmed that the 41-year-old will instead take on undefeated 27-0 kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Rizin Fighting Federation are co-promoting the fight, which has been dubbed a ‘Super Challenge’ bout. It has yet to be confirmed whether the fight will be under a boxing or kickboxing code, although a release states it will take place under “special rules”.

“Rizin has done a remarkable job with the fighters,” Mayweather said. “I look forward to giving you guys entertainment come December 31, but my relationship with Rizin, it doesn’t stop just here. I look forward to taking this worldwide.”

Floyd Mayweather’s last fight was against UFC’s Conor McGregor and earned him in excess of $100 million dollars, while Nasukawa last fought and won against Kyoji Horiguchi in the main event of RIZIN.

“I would probably say that this is my biggest event in life, so far,” said Nasukawa.“I’m very happy that this is going to materialise.

“Nobody has defeated my opponent in the past and I would like to be the man who makes history.

“My punch can change the history and I will show that to you, so please stay tuned.”