American top boxer Floyd Mayweather has signed a deal to fight on New Year’s Eve in Japan, TMZ reports.
The American entertainment outlet says the fight might be an MMA match, and it won’t be against Conor McGregor or Khabib Nurmagomedov as a section of online users expected.
Mayweather, 41, just announced he’ll be fighting at RIZIN 14 on December 31 against an undefeated 20-year-old kickboxer named Tenshin Nasukawa, TMZ says.
Mayweather is still working working with the promotion to decide on whether it will be boxing rules, kickboxing rules, MMA rules, etc.
Floyd says the fighting rules will be sorted out in the coming weeks. Floyd also says the two sides are still figuring out what weight the fight will be at.
Floyd held a press conference in Japan late Sunday night.
He did not say how much money he expects to make for the fight.
As for Tenshin, RIZIN says he’s 20-years-old and has more than 30 fights under his belt. His kickboxing record is 27-0.
The fight will go down at Saitama Super Arena – the third largest indoor arena in the world. It seats around 36,500 people.
According to TMZ, Mayweather has had some MMA training in the past.
Floyd says he chose to have this fight in Japan because he loves the country and the people.
As for his opponent, Floyd says the guy is in great shape “very young, very fast”.
He says he is impressed with Tenshin’s physique.
Tenshin says Floyd is taller than he looks and he believes he’ll be able to “hit him” when they fight.
Floyd is 50-0 as a pro boxer, with his last victory coming over Conor McGregor on August 26, 2017.