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Nasukawa: I Don't Care About Rules, Weight For Mayweather

Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, who aims to make history by defeating five division world champion Floyd Mayweather, claims his left-hook is like a "bolt of lightning" that will "change the world".

The baby-faced southpaw with a blond quiff, who is only a few months out of his teens, was barely known outside his home country before the shock announcement of his New Year's Eve fight with the unbeaten Mayweather.

But the 20-year-old from Chiba near Tokyo is considered something of a prodigy in Japanese fighting circles and began learning karate at the tender age of five.

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Like Mayweather, he has never been beaten, boasting a 27-0 record as a professional kickboxer with 20 wins by knockout. He has four wins out of four in mixed martial arts.

Nasukawa won the world junior karate championship when he was a fifth grader and shifted to kickboxing a year later, according to his official website.

He made his professional kickboxing debut at the age of 16 and became bantamweight oriental rules world champion a year later.

Promoters RIZIN said that Nasukawa -- or "Ninja Boy" as they dubbed him -- had "become one of the most popular fighters in Japan, and perhaps the best combat sports prospect the country has ever seen."

There are still no details as to under what rules the fight will be held -- whether kicks will be allowed, for example -- but Nasukawa claimed after the bout was announced he had "a punch that boxers don't have".

"I don't care what the rules are. I want to be the man who changes history. I'll do that with these fists, with one punch -- just watch," said Nasukawa.

Even Mayweather acknowledged that Nasukawa was "an unbelievable talent", praising his lithe, "gym rat" physique.

Nasukawa now weighs 56.8 kilogrammes and is also giving four inches away in height to Mayweather, who won world titles in five different weight classes.

"Our weight class is different, but it means nothing to me," said Nasukawa.

"Whatever the rules are that's fine with me. I'm thrilled that this event, the greatest in my life, is becoming a reality. It's a chance for me to make a name for myself."

According to his official site, Nasukawa is good with his hands in other areas than punching, saying he is a fan of knitting and sewing -- as well as indulging in traditional Japanese "sento" baths.

Despite his tender age, he published a biography last year entitled "Kakusei", meaning "Awakening".

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by travestyny on 11-07-2018

[QUOTE=pasawayako;19255107]These 2 testing agency is almost the same but the big difference is: USADA will give floyd a pass to use whatever amount of IV. VADA will never give floyd a chance to use a single drop of IV.[/QUOTE] Almost…

Comment by travestyny on 11-07-2018

[QUOTE=pasawayako;19255098]so why floyd use illegal amount of IV? for dehydration? lmao. Even you couldn't explain why he neede to inject himself with the large amount of IV.[/QUOTE] The amount of IV fluid was less than is taken for a hangover.…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 11-07-2018

[QUOTE=pasawayako;19254963]FACTS: floyd was allowed by USADA to use illegal amount of IV. FACTS: armstrong a PEDS user pass all the test with the use of IV.[/QUOTE] nope Floyd followed the process, and..... 1) was drug tested immediately prior to the…

Comment by pasawayako on 11-07-2018

[QUOTE=travestyny;19255044]You told me nothing about TESTING for PED's. Now how is VADA different from USADA in that regard?[/QUOTE] These 2 testing agency is almost the same but the big difference is: USADA will give floyd a pass to use whatever…

Comment by pasawayako on 11-07-2018

[QUOTE=travestyny;19255052]Armstrong passed a BLOOD test by using an IV. When the piss test for EPO was developed, his samples were retested and failed. Mayweather took a piss test....and gave samples before and after the IV. You really need to stop…

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