Floyd Mayweather picked up some punches from Mikuru Asakura In the main title of Super Rizin. But in the end, his speed and power were too much for the MMA veteran, and his duo-punch combo brought him a TKO at the end of the second.
“I’m glad to be here, thanks again,” Mayweather said afterwards. “I’m so glad we were able to give the fans the excitement tonight. Thank you for having me. I’ll be back later.”
Asakura delivered the excitement in the show’s three-round bout, cracking Mayweather with some nice body shots and one straight to the right that turned the undefeated boxer’s head in. He chased Mayweather as the second round ended, trying to seal the deal.
Instead, he caught a hook left and right straight causing him to swing on the mat. When he rose, he was wobbly to his feet, and referee Kenny Bayliss waved to the fight at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Mayweather immediately embraced his opponent, who challenged him to stare at a fight, and drew a batch from his bodyguard, Jizzy Mack, who was at the joint title on Saturday’s pay-per-view finished on the canvas after K-1 kickboxing vet Kouzi sent him there with a bullet resounding.
Asakura came out swaying at first, throwing powerful shots to the body and head. His shots were far less efficient than Mayweather, who brilliantly strayed out of the way as he did several times against faster, tighter punches.
Asakura threw his hands in the air after taking a physical shot, challenging Mayweather’s authority. When he got the first of several straight rights per second, power wasn’t as important as speed, which he held even at 45 “money”.
Thanking the crowd and promising to return, Mayweather acknowledged former rival Manny Pacquiao, who sat ringside after making a brief appearance before the main event. There was no face-to-face or callouts; Floyd was satisfied with his fourth exhibition match and third clear win (although no results were presented) with his show against YouTuber Logan Paul in a distant memory. For the second time, Mayweather flew abroad to Japan and cleaned up.
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