- Floyd Mayweather is set to take on Japan’s Mikuru Asakura in September
- The Japanese MMA star appears to be a presenting a serious threat to “Money”
Undeniably, Floyd Mayweather Jr. put exhibition matches on the map when he delighted combat sports fans in 2018. The legendary boxer knocked out Tenshin Nasukawa in a Rizin event and since then, Japanese fans have been yearning to see him back inside the ring again.
Finally, “Money” will be making his return to Japan for another exciting match.
An earlier report said, Mayweather has teamed up with Rizin again for another event in Japan and further details of the fight will be announced soon. As advertized, Rizin has confirmed in a recent press conference that Mayweather will be facing Japan’s Mikuru Asakura in September.
A specific date and venue are yet to be announced as well as the format of the said fight. However, many have already been anticipating, and “Money” himself has previously stated that his next match will be an exhibition again.
A tough opponent?
While Nasukawa was obviously way behind Mayweather’s realm, his upcoming opponent, Asakura appears to be a far more skilled fighter. In fact, in the promo video of the pair, Rizin labeled Asakura as “Japan’s most famous MMA fighter.” While Mikuru Asakura has a 16-3 MMA record, his brother Kai Asakura is better known as a former RIZIN champion.
Mayweather is coming off a sensational performance against Don Moore at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. Asakura, on the other hand, has been a Rizin stalwart and has gone unbeaten in pro MMA in his last two fights.