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Kickboxer Somehow 'Underestimated' Floyd Mayweather

Kickboxer Somehow 'Underestimated' Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather rang in the New Year in Tokyo by earning an easy $9 million for two minutes in the ring.

His opponent was Tenshin Nasukawa, a 20-year-old kickboxer and major star in Japan.

The exhibition fight was scheduled to take place over three, three-minute rounds under boxing rules with no judges ringside.

It lasted less than a round as Mayweather knocked his opponent down three times in 130 seconds. Nasukawa's corner threw in the towel following the third knockdown.

"When I first got the offer I took it in a flash," Nasukawa wrote about the fight via Instagram.

I thought this was an opportunity of a lifetime, and although there were significant differences in accomplishments and weight classes, I felt that I must not run and take on the challenge.

Somehow, Nasukawa managed to underestimate the unbeaten Mayweather who has won world titles across five weight divisions.

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"The days since the fight was confirmed have been enjoyable but with concerns, and I spent the time thinking about many things.

"At the end of the day, I got finished, but I have no regrets. I am disappointed at myself since I thought I could have done better.

"But I will face the facts and will continue to take on any challenge. I learned that I didn’t work hard enough to earn this opportunity, and I will use this defeat to improve myself and move forward this year.

"Despite all the things that happened leading up to the fight, I came to realize how truly great Mayweather was. I was the one underestimating him.

"I promise to make it to that level! It may take some time for me to become the man to haul the industry on my shoulders, but please continue to support me!

"Everybody who work to make this fight happen, thank you very much. Mr. Mayweather, thank you very much."

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PJ Browne
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