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SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — It took less than three minutes for Floyd Mayweather to knock down his Japanese kickboxer opponent Tenshin Nasukawa three times in a totally one-sided bout of exhibition boxing on New Year’s Eve.

Nasukawa’s father threw in the towel after 140 seconds of the first round on Monday as his 20-year-old son bravely teetered around the ring trying to get up.

It was a quick and definitive victory for the 41-year-old American. Mayweather was gracious in victory, hugging the weeping Nasukawa and calling him “still a great champion.” Nasukawa, however, barely landed a clean punch against the vastly more experienced Mayweather.

The rules for the three-round contest — organized by The Rizin Fighting Federation and held at Saitama Super Arena on the northern outskirts of Tokyo — were no kicking allowed and no official record of the match.

Mayweather said: “Tenshin is still undefeated. I’m still undefeated.”

Mayweather has won all 50 of his pro fights, while Nasukawa has an undefeated record in kickboxing and mixed martial arts.

“It’s all about having fun,” Mayweather told reporters after the fight, praising Nasukawa as a “young hungry lion.”

The Mayweather-Nasukawa bout culminated an evening of more than a dozen fights, streamed by FITE for a fee, but not in the U.S. Fuji TV was the broadcaster in Japan.

Mayweather, who hadn’t fought since beating UFC star Conor McGregor more than a year ago, said he was retired and came to Tokyo to give an opportunity to a younger fighter like Nasukawa.

“I told Tenshin to ‘hold your head up high,'” Mayweather said.

Nasukawa said after the bout that he was grateful for the experience and that he had learned a lot.

Fans — and possibly Nasukawa himself — appeared taken back that Mayweather showed little mercy in the exhibition.

“He is first class,” Nasukawa said.

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3 thoughts on “Mayweather Stops Nasukawa In 1st Round, Flooring Him 3 Times

  1. charles on said:

    Totally agree Some of these so called BROs shud be given back to the community instead of buying STRIP CLUBS.PUT the money where it can help other young sisters and bros.But as USual these MF r so SELFISH they only think abt themseives.So MONEY MAYWEATHER stop shown have much you have and PUT THE MONEY WHERE YOUR FAT MOUTH IS!!!!!!!STOP BEING A SHOW OFF and be of SOMETHING (CLASS and DIGNITY and HELP Nevadas. Youth.

  2. Ted Gravely on said:

    Money Mayweather because of his God gifted skill has earned generational wealth. Let’s see if he grows that money, or continues to buy and spend to show that money. Let’s hope he’s more Earvin and Robert Johnson than Redd Foxx and Sammy D.

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