Mayweather to return for exhibition against undefeated karate prospect
Floyd Mayweather is set to fight in another exhibition bout in Japan later this year against unbeaten karate prospect Riku Tanaka.
The 43-year-old boxing legend, whose professional record stands at 50-0, last fought on 31 December 2018 in a laughable exhibition against kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, knocking the much smaller boxing debutant down three times en route to a first round TKO.
And after making a reported $9million for just 139 seconds' work against Tenshin, "Money" Mayweather has lined up a second exhibition at the Saitama Super Arena on 14 November, the second bout in a deal with Japanese mixed martial arts promotions company RIZIN Fighting Federation.
This time, Mayweather will be facing off against little-known Shotokan karate fighter, Riku Tanaka. The 8-year-old amateur from nearby city Chiba is said to be a prolific prospect who recently earned his brown belt at his local dojo and has won several amateur tournaments at national level in the under-12 bracket.
Just as in the exhibition between Mayweather and Tenshin, the fight will be subject to boxing rules, meaning Tanaka will not be able to use his no doubt impressive kicks. Both fighters will wear 8oz RIZIN gloves, and the pair will battle for up to three rounds of three minutes each.
Mayweather's purse for the bout has not been confirmed, but according to early reports, "TBE" (or "the best ever") will take home around $20million for, at most, nine minutes of fighting.
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