Floyd Mayweather to fight Japanese kickboxer on New Year's Eve

Floyd Mayweather to face star kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa at RIZIN 14 in Japan on New Year's Eve

The 41-year-old has signed a deal with Rizin Fighting Federation to fight in Saitama, Japan on December 31.

Mayweather is 50-0 in his boxing career but has never fought professionally under MMA rules.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has announced that he will fight on Dec.31 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan against undefeated kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa in the Rizin Fighting Federation.

The news was announced during a surprise press conference late Sunday night with Mayweather appearing alongside Nasukawa in Japan. "As a professional I haven't had a chance to go outside the U.S.to display my skills and to display my talent for the world". "But we told the people anything is possible, so now we're here and we want to make sure that we give the people in Tokyo what they want to see: blood, sweat and tears".

The rules of the bout have yet to be determined, but Mayweather said those details will be finalized in the coming days.

"We'll talk about that, we'll get that situated within the next couple weeks", Mayweather said when asked Monday about the weight and the rules.

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Japan's young fighter Nasukawa has a 27-0 record in kickboxing and a 4-0 record in MMA - also he clearly has no hesitation against taking on Mayweather's experience.

He said: "It's the biggest moment in my life and I want to be the man who changes history. I'll do that with these fists, with one punch - just watch", the Japanese said. It's not out of the realm of possibility that the bout is fought under kickboxing rules.

Mayweather has teased numerous possible fights since defeating McGregor, including potential rematches with the former UFC champion or Manny Pacquiao. "My opponent looks taller than he actually is, but I think I could hit him".

And he faces a potentially unsafe prospect in heralded kickboxer Nasukawa, who warned he has a punch that will "change history". "I love to entertain, I like for people to be entertained and who doesn't want to be entertained".

"It's always been a goal of mine to go outside the US and go into another arena and display talent as a professional because I did it as an amateur".

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