Twitter accuses Floyd Mayweather of fixing fight against Tenshin Nasukawa

Floyd Mayweather made light work of undefeated kickboxing phenom Tenshin Nasukawa on the Rizin New Year’s Eve card, knocking him down thrice en route to stopping him within a round.

But as is always the case after every Floyd Mayweather fight, there is a vocal section of the fanbase that is crying foul.

This time, the accusations generally center around how fixed the bout appeared to some, with Nasukawa suffering three theatrical knockdowns at the hands of Floyd before his corner threw the towel in.

However, Nasukawa broke down inconsolably after the bout had been called, and his team hastily escorted him away from the cameras and the public in an attempt to save him the scrutiny in that moment of vulnerability – which, if fixed, was a phenomenal piece of acting.

Personally, I don’t subscribe to the notion that it was fixed. Floyd looked too big and too strong for Nasukawa. And Nasukawa didn’t have enough power going the other way to trouble Floyd – especially with 8 ounce gloves on.

But there were plenty of reactions on Twitter that suggested that it was indeed fixed, and we run through a number of them in this piece.

Have a read and leave your comments below. Was it a fixed fight or was Floyd just too good for Nasukawa?

 

Watch: Floyd Mayweather destroys Tenshin Nasukawa with 3 knockdowns in 1 round

Floyd Mayweather (50-0) took on Tenshin Nasukawa (28-0 in kickboxing, 4-0 in MMA) in a three round exhibition bout as part of Rizin’s new year’s eve card in Japan.

The master boxer, however, didn’t need even one round to finish Nasukawa, levelling the undefeated kickboxer with 3 huge knockdowns before his corner threw the towel in.

Floyd was just too big, too strong and too experienced for Nasukawa, and despite being 41 years old, made light work of his younger opponent.

Floyd fought most of his career at 130 pounds, though has moved up to 152 and 154 pounds to fight the likes of Canelo Alvarez and Conor McGregor. Nasukawa, on the other hand, plies his trade at the Flyweight limit in MMA (125 pounds).

That weight and resulting power differential was apparent in the fight. Floyd walked through Nasukawa’s punches while Nasukawa folded under Floyd’s.

You can watch the highlights below:

After the fight, Floyd was all class, telling an inconsolable Nasukawa to keep his head up despite the loss. He especially took pains to remind everyone that this was an exhibition bout and that it wouldn’t reflect on either his or Nasukawa’s record.

He wrapped up his post fight speech by reiterating that he is still retired and would not entertain a comeback fight.

 

 

Floyd Mayweather vs Tenshin Nasukawa – live stream, updates, when and where to watch, start time, scores, results

Floyd Mayweather takes on Tenshin Nasukawa in a 3 round boxing exhibition bout to close out the year at Rizin 14 – that much all of you know about.

Here are all the rules surrounding the fight, where you can watch, what time it would be on and more information on the remainder of the fights on the card.

Rules set for Mayweather vs Nasukawa:Β 

  1. 3 Rounds of 3 minutes each of boxing
  2. There will be no judges scoring the bout
  3. If both men are standing at the end of three rounds, the bout will be ruled a draw
  4. The bout will be contested in 8 ounce boxing gloves
  5. The bout will be contested at 147 pounds
  6. The result of the fight will not be reflected on either Floyd Mayweather’s or Tenshin Nasukawa’s professional records.

Where you can watch it:

You can watch the fight (and the event) on Fite TV – but not from the US, Canada, Mexico and Japan. The fight will be broadcasted on Fuji TV in Japan.

What time it would be on:

The prelims start at 3 pm JST. Which is at 2 pm HKT/SGT.

What are the other fights on the card:

Here are all of the other fights on the card, including a super fight between Bellator Bantamweight Champion Darrion Caldwell and Rizin Champion Kyoji Horiguchi.

Brazilian behemoth Gabi Garcia is also on the card.

MAIN CARD

Floyd Mayweather vs. Tenshin Nasukawa – special boxing exhibition

Darrion Caldwell vs. Kyoji Horiguchi – for bantamweight title

Kanna Asakura vs. Ayaka Hamasaki – for women’s super atomweight title

Brandon Halsey vs. Jiri Prochazka

Gabi Garcia vs. Barbara Nepomuceno

Daron Cruickshank vs. Damien Brown

Mika Nagano vs. Miyuu Yamamoto

PRELIMINARY CARD

Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Erson Yamamoto

Johnny Case vs. Yusuke Yachi

Yuki Motoya vs. Justin Scoggins

Ulka Sasake vs Manel Kape

Shinju Nozawa Auclair vs Justyna Haba

Tyson Nobumitsu vs Tofiq Musayev

Rena vs Samantha Jean-Francois

You can follow all the live updates, results and play by play action from the main card on our live blog that you can access HERE.

 

 

 

 

LIVE: Floyd Mayweather vs Tenshin Nasukawa – updates, streaming, scores, results, watch live

Floyd Mayweather takes on Tenshin Nasukawa in a year end gala show at Rizin 14 in the Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan.

You can live stream the event on Fite.tvΒ but the special exhibition between Floyd Mayweather and Tenshin Nasukawa – which will be a 3 round boxing contest with no judges – will not be telecasted to audiences in the US, Canada, Mexico or Japan.

Also Read: Floyd Mayweather vs Tenshin Nasukawa – live stream, updates, when and where to watch, start time, scores, results

If the fight goes the full three rounds, it will be ruled a draw. Either way, the result of the fight will not register on Floyd Mayweather’s perfect 50-0 boxing record or on Tenshin Nasukawa’s 28-0 kickboxing/ 4-0 MMA record.

The exhibition will be contested in the 147 pound weight class.

Floyd Mayweather last competed against former UFC Featherweight and Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor in a boxing bout in 2017 – and finished the Irishman in the tenth round. After that, he has often times teased a rematch with McGregor in MMA and even invited current UFC Lightweight Champion and fellow undefeated fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov into the boxing ring.

However, he returns against Nasukawa in what is considered to be a big money exhibition fight.

The remainder of the card features Bellator Bantamweight Champion Darrion Caldweld traverse half the world to challenge Rizin Champion and former UFC contender Kyoji Horiguchi in a super fight. Gabi Garcia is also on the card.

Here are all the other fights on the card:

MAIN CARD

Floyd Mayweather vs. Tenshin Nasukawa – special boxing exhibition

Darrion Caldwell vs. Kyoji Horiguchi – for bantamweight title

Kanna Asakura vs. Ayaka Hamasaki – for women’s super atomweight title

Brandon Halsey vs. Jiri Prochazka

Gabi Garcia vs. Barbara Nepomuceno

Daron Cruickshank vs. Damien Brown

Mika Nagano vs. Miyuu Yamamoto

PRELIMINARY CARD

Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Erson Yamamoto

Johnny Case vs. Yusuke Yachi

Yuki Motoya vs. Justin Scoggins

Ulka Sasake vs Manel Kape

Shinju Nozawa Auclair vs Justyna Haba

Tyson Nobumitsu vs Tofiq Musayev

Rena vs Samantha Jean-Francois