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Rules announced Floyd Mayweather's fight with Tenshin Nasukawa

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Friday 7th December 2018

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Rules announced Floyd Mayweather's fight with Tenshin Nasukawa

Event date: 07/12/2018

It's one of the most bizarre fights of 2018, but the rules for the upcoming bout between Floyd Mayweather and kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa have been announced earlier today. 

The fight was initially announced just over a month ago, only for Mayweather to take to Instagram to categorically deny that it was even happening. Then things changed again, with the unbeaten boxer reversing his decision and confirming that it will take place as an exhibition on New Years Eve 2018. 

It will be a straight up boxing exhibition match, which automatically heavily favours Mayweather who holds a 50-0 winning record in the sport. Both fighters will wear RIZIN 8 ounce gloves and he required weight will be 147lbs/67.7kg. 

There will be no judges scoring and whilst it will be a full contact competition the result will NOT count towards either of their professional records as it isn't going on any boxing or mixed martial arts records. It will last just three rounds, with each lasting three minutes and will take place at the Saitama Arena in Japan. 

According to Tokyo Sport, Mayweather will take home £69million from the fight. It is probably the easiest money he will ever make in his career judging by these rules! But in the press conference he said that this one was purely about entertaining an audience: "It is all about the entertainment," Mayweather said. "Nine minutes of entertainment... I'm in the entertainment business," said Mayweather. 

As for Nasukawa, he is also unbeaten in his field of kickboxing with a 27-0 record. But he is exciting to be taking on such a legendary boxer: "There has never been a Japanese fighter to face Floyd Mayweather in the ring," said Nasukawa, who is a featherweight in kickboxing.

"I would like to make a big impression. I want to get the whole fight community, the whole country of Japan and the entire world involved in this fight."

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