Retired boxer, Floyd Mayweather, on Monday, knocked out Japanese kickboxing sensation, Tenshin Nasukawa, by a technical knockout in the first round of a New Year’s Eve “exhibition” bout.
Mayweather floored Nasukawa, who is less than half his age, three times in the first round of the three-round contest, before the Japanese’s trainer rushed in to stop the fight.
The American boxer at first appeared not to be taking the fight seriously, by only throwing soft punches at his opponent.
However, the 41-year-old subsequently launched a series of jabs and hooks to the head of the 20-year-old, sending him to the canvas after just one minute.
After perceiving that his opponent was struggling, Mayweather stepped in to finish him off, by landing series of punches that left Nasukawa crawling again, within just two minutes of the bout and facing his second standing count.
With the young sensation struggling to stay on his feet, the trainer rushed in and stopped the fight with just one minute of the first round remaining.
The rules for the fight were very strictly defined– three minute bouts and boxing only. Nasukawa was said to be facing a $5 million fine if he aimed a kick at Mayweather.
There were no judges and only a knockout or technical knockout would be considered a victory in the bout; reason why which it was promoted as a pure exhibition match.
Ultimately, the outcome of the match did not count against the Japanese, allowing him to retain his cherished unbeaten record.
But Mayweather, who retired as undefeated throughout his career, will walk away with $88million, according to reports.