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Mayweather to stage "entertainment" spectacle in Japan

AFP  |  Los Angeles 

Boxer Floyd says his bout with Japanese kickboxer will be "all about the entertainment".

The nine-minute exhibition in will have no official winner or loser if it goes the distance, and said at a press availability at his training base in on Thursday that he was looking forward to the event as a chance to sample "something different".

The contest will take place at the Prefecture Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, said.

is 16 kilometres (10 miles) north of

Mayweather added that there and won't be any judges present and the bout would not count on the combatants' official fight records.

"It is all about the entertainment," Mayweather said. "Nine minutes of entertainment .... I'm in the entertainment business." Besides three-minute rounds, the exhibition will take place at 67kg (147 pounds), feature "straight rules" and eight-ounce gloves.

"This will be full contact competition but the bout is not going on or MMA records," a Mayweather said in a release. Nasukawa, also in Vegas Thursday, said he hopes his countrymen will get behind the show.

"There has never been a Japanese fighter to face in the ring. I would like to make a big impression," said the 20-year-old, who is 27-0 with 21 KOs as a featherweight kickboxer.

"I want to get the whole fight community, the whole country of and the entire world involved in this fight.

Thursday's press event came almost a month after 41-year-old retired welterweight champ Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) announced he had scrapped plans to stage a fight with Nasukawa, indicating he had been duped into agreeing to a contest.

"I want it to be clear that I, Floyd Mayweather, never agreed to an official bout with Tenshin Nasukawa," Mayweather wrote on

But on November 15, the of mixed promoter RIZIN said a "misunderstanding" with Mayweather had been ironed out and the fight was on.

At that time, Mayweather described the match to TMZ as "a little boxing exhibition" with no kicking involved.

There was no mention Thursday of a US broadcaster, an undercard, or how much money Mayweather would receive for the spectacle.

Mayweather came out of a two-year retirement in 2017 and knocked out mixed fighter in the 10th round of a super-hyped boxing match.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 09:55 IST
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