At first, everyone thought this fight was yet another ruse which would not see the light of day. As of the time of this writing though, it is now all but confirmed that Floyd Mayweather will be facing Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in the box.
Everything is set for this match to take place and the Money Man himself has confirmed it. With that, there is nothing else to stop this showdown from happening.
Due to the difference in the fighting styles both fighters bring, this is one game you shouldn’t miss. We’re here to make sure of that.
When will the fight happen?
Despite all the initial back and forth before the final announcement of the fight details, it is now sure that we will be seeing this match happen on New Year’s Eve. Anyone looking to grab the fight ringside in the US will be disappointed though, given as the promoters had preferred to set it in Japan.
Slated to be hosted at the Saitama Arena, this fight is set to promote the RIZIN MMA status in Japan and thus, the choice of location.
What are the rules?
This would not have been a topic of debate if both fighters had the same battling backgrounds. However, it becomes necessary at a time when the world of boxing (Mayweather) wants to meet the mixed martial arts (Nakusawa).
This is not the first time this would happen with Mayweather having eliminated Conor MacGregor in a similar bout just last year. Much like that time, Nakusawa won’t be allowed to make use of the deadly kicks that he has come to be known for.
That means both fighters will be restricted to the use of their hands throughout the course of the game.
It gets even more interesting though. For example
- The fight will only consist of three rounds
- Each round will last a maximum of three minutes
- Both fighters will be required to wear the standard RIZIN 8-ounce gloves
- The weight limit for this fight is set at 147 lbs.
- No judges will be available to judge the game by the ringside.
While the game might be a little bit unfair in constraining Nakusawa to the use of his hands only, he will be happy that there would be no winners or losers at the end of the fight. Thus, the result of the fight won’t be tied to any of their official records.
Where can I watch the fight?
The first answer would be at the ringside. If you are in Japan and feel like seeing the action live, you should head over to the arena and see those punches get landed.
For those who don’t have the same luxury, you can opt get the action at home. The only problem is, you won’t be able to watch Mayweather fight Nasukawa live if you are in either of the US or UK.
Game blackouts will be imposed on the games in these regions, meaning they will only be released for general consumption hours after the game has ended.
If you find yourself in such locations as mentioned, or other unsupported regions, that should not be the end. In fact, you can get around the game blackouts and restrictions by:
- Getting a VPN subscription
- Connecting to a server location in japan
- Signing up for a Fuji TV plan (you can get the game for free under the trial package)
- Enjoy the action as it happens live.
You can also use the same process to purchase the game from Fite TV (for English-speaking countries). The only difference would be that you would need to connect to a US server location now.
Note that you might be required to purchase the game using a US-issued credit card.
Now that you know how to get the games, and every other thing, what’s stopping you?