Mayweather floors Japan’s Nasukawa in just two minutes

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Floyd Mayweather knocked down Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa three times en route to a first-round stoppage in their boxing exhibition at the Saitama Super Arena.

Mayweather, 41, a former five-weight world champion who retired from boxing with a perfect professional record of 50-0 last year, saw off an opponent 21 years his junior — who had never fought a straight boxing match — in brisk fashion.

In a bout that was scheduled for three rounds just outside Tokyo, Nasukawa lasted only two minutes and 20 seconds before his corner threw in the towel.

Mayweather said in the build-up he expected to pocket $US9 million ($A13 million) from the fight, which headlined an event organisedby Rizin Fighting Federation, a Japanese mixed martial arts organisation.

A grinning Mayweather started supremely confidently and dropped Nasukawa for the first time with a left hook with barely a minute gone.

A body shot followed by an uppercut saw Nasukawa slump to the canvas again moments later, with the southpaw bravely getting to his feet, albeit on unsteady legs.

A one-two from Mayweather precipitated the end of the contest, and the American said in quotes published by BBC Sport: “It was all about entertainment — we had a lot of fun. They wanted this to happen in Japan, so I said ‘why not?’.

“I’m still undefeated. Tenshin is still undefeated. Tenshin is a true champion and a hell of a fighter.

“I want the fans around the world to support Tenshin, he’s a great guy and a great champion.”

But he highlighted what a mismatch the fight was when asked how he prepared for the contest. “Did I have a training camp for this fight? No. I went to the gym a few times,” Mayweather said.

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