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‘No regrets’: Tenshin Nasukawa remains positive despite Mayweather shellacking

The Japanese kickboxer says he underestimated the 50-0 boxer ahead of their Rizin 14 exhibition bout.

By John Balfe - 1 Jan 2019

Nobody was really quite sure of what to expect in advance of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Tenshin Nasukawa ‘exhibition’ bout which headlined the Rizin 14 card from Tokyo, Japan, on New Year’s Eve but what we got was even more bizarre than predicted.

Nasukawa, the 20-year-old undefeated kickboxer, was thoroughly undone by Mayweather who knocked the Japanese to the canvas three times inside the bout’s opening minutes — the third of which was enough for Nasukawa’s corner, who immediately stopped the bout.

Mayweather outweighed his opponent by 9-pounds on fight night but in reality it appeared as if several weight classes separated the two fighters. Indeed, Mayweather’s last bout came at 149.5-pounds while Nasukawa fights in the 125-pound division and it was a size disadvantage that proved insurmountable.

After the bout, which lasted just 140 seconds, Nasukawa released a statement on social media in which he says that he enjoyed the experience but that he expected that he would perform better against the former multiple weight world champion.

“The days since the fight was confirmed have been enjoyable but with concerns,” he wrote.

“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.”

 

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I have worked hard with a big dream in the combat world. Karate, Kickboxing, MMA and Boxing. When I first got the offer I took it in a flash. 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. 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. 僕は格闘界に大きな夢を見て頑張って来ました。空手、キックボクシング、MMAそしてボクシング。 この試合の話が来た時、メイウェザー選手と戦うチャンスはもう絶対巡ってこないから今しかないと思ったし、階級も違う、やって来たことも違うとは思いましたが、僕自身も逃げずにやらなくてはならないと思い試合を受けました。 試合が決まってからこの一戦に向けての日々は、とても楽しかったし、不安だったし色々なことを考えながらの時間でした。 結果は倒されてしまいましたが、後悔はないです。もっと出来ると思った自分が情けないし、悔しかったですが、現実を受け入れて、またチャンスがあれば何事にも逃げずに挑戦したいと思います。 チャンスを活かす為の努力がまだ自分には足りなかったことに気付きましたし、この敗戦を機に自分自身を改善して今年は突き進んでいこうと思います。色々ありましたがメイウェザー選手は本当に凄く強かったです。 舐めていたのは僕自身でした。 僕も必ずそこの域に行きます! 本当に格闘界を背負って行ける男になるまでは、まだまだ先ですが、これからも応援よろしくお願いします! この一戦に携わってくれた皆様、ありがとうございました。 戦ってくれたメイウェザー選手、ありがとうございました。 #Cygames #rizin14 #BOXING #teppengym #target #RISE

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Despite the outcome, Nasukawa says that he has no regrets about accepting the fight with Mayweather.

“When I first got the offer I took it in a flash,” he says.  “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.

“Despite all the things that happened leading up to the fight, I came to realise how truly great Mayweather was. I was the one underestimating him. I promise to make it to that level.”

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