Boxing: Floyd Mayweather takes aim at Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa

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Floyd Mayweather and Tenshin Nasukawa announce their fight. Photo credit: Rueters

Flamboyant boxing star Floyd Mayweather has announced his follow-up fight to last year's outlandish Conor McGregor extravaganza - and this one is even more bizarre.

The unbeaten five-weight world champion will take on undefeated Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in a fight promoted by a mixed martial arts company, although the rules for the bout have not yet been revealed.

Mayweather, 41, took his unblemished boxing record to 50 wins with his 10th-round stoppage victory over UFC star McGregor in August 2017 and declared afterwards: "This is my last fight."

But more recently, he has hinted at another return to the big stage - whether that be the ring or the Octagon. Only a couple of weeks ago, he insisted he would take on UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov, who called him out, after defeating McGregor in a bitter MMA encounter at Las Vegas.

Now this.

"I wanted to do something different," said Mayweather. "I wanted to display my skills outside the US and be in a special fight. 

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"I want to give the people what they want - blood, sweat and tears."

Nasukawa, 20, competes in the RIZIN Fighting Federation in kickboxing and mixed martial arts. He has a 27-0 record in the former, 4-0 in the latter.

"It was a surprise offer, but I accepted with hesitation," he said.

"It's the biggest moment in my life and I want to be the man who changes history. I'll do it these fists, with one punch - just watch."


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