Mayweather vs. Asakura exhibition confirmed for September in Japan; Date, place, rules to come

Floyd Mayweather Jr. will continue his exhibition tour.

The newly inducted former five-division champion and pound-for-pound king has confirmed his upcoming exhibition bout, which will be against mixed martial artist Mikuru Asakura. The event will take place as part of a September Rizin Fighting Federation show in Japan on RIZIN Fight Pass, as confirmed during a press conference held Monday night in Las Vegas.

“I am very pleased to be seated between these two athletes for this event which will be Floyd Mayweather’s second with RIZIN,” said Rizin CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara during the announcement at M Resort Spa & Casino in Las Vegas. . “Floyd Mayweather was supposed to fight in an exhibition in Japan earlier in the year with an organization called Mega. However, due to the pandemic, it was postponed and RIZIN took over the contract for Floyd Mayweather’s next fight at the Japan.

The event will mark Mayweather’s second exhibition fight of the year and fourth overall since retiring from boxing in 2017 with a perfect record of 50-0 (27 KOs) and world titles at 130, 135 , 140, 147 and 154 lbs. His incredible work was honored over the weekend, where Mayweather was inducted into the Hall of Fame in a three-class ceremony.

Barely a day later, it’s time for the next adventure.

“I got to where I got by working extremely hard,” Mayweather noted. “I’m always focused. I always push to be the best. It’s always a great feeling to travel the world, do these exhibition fights and entertain people from all walks of life. I have seen all the styles. My job is just to go out, have fun and do my best.

While Mayweather drove home the point of having fun and providing entertainment, his opponent took a more serious and brief approach.

“I’m an MMA fighter but I’m going to take this opportunity and I’m going to use it to elevate my name and my worth internationally,” Asakura noted. “I’m going to win this fight.”

Tokyo’s Asakura is a notorious star in his homeland, both as a former two-division RINGS (Fighting Network Rings) champion and since joining Rizin in 2018. The ten-year-old pro campaigns at 145 pounds and will enjoy a slight natural height advantage over Mayweather. , unlike Rizin’s debut of the American legend when he demolished an undersized 126-pound Tenshin Nasukawa inside a tower at the Rizin 33 New Years 2018 event in Saitama, Japan.

The fight with Nasukawa was the first of three displays Mayweather has enjoyed so far since his August 2017 tenth-round knockout of Conor McGregor in his last sanctioned pro fight. Mayweather has since faced Logan Paul in a Showtime Pay-Per-View headliner in June 2021 that generated 1,000,000 reported buys, and former “Dangerous” sparring partner Don Moore on May 21 at Abu Dhabi.

All three were taken in with the intention of enjoying life after boxing, which is the same mindset the 45-year-old will carry into this event.

“In September, we’re going to have fun and entertain people,” Mayweather insisted. “I’m Floyd Mayweather to him. He’s just another opponent for me.

Further details about the event, including the exact date, location, and main event rules, will be revealed later this month.

Jake Donovan is Senior Writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox