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Floyd Mayweather returns to RIZIN for September exhibition vs. Mikuru Asakura

Floyd Mayweather is headed back to Japan for another exhibition boxing match against one of the country’s top superstars.

RIZIN Fighting Federation dropped a bombshell news announcement tonight (Mon., June 13, 2022), revealing via press conference the return of one of boxing’s all-time greats to its ring. In Sept. 2022 (exact date yet to be determined), Mayweather will take on former RIZIN Featherweight title challenger, Mikuru Asakura. The bout is expected to air on the new “RIZIN Fight Pass.” The service will launch next Friday (June 24, 2022) at 6 p.m. JST and start at $5 a month before bumping up to $8. Full fight archives and pay-per-view (PPV) events will all be included.

Mayweather (50-0), 45, retired from professional boxing in Aug. 2017 after a tenth round technical knockout against Conor McGregor (watch highlights). One year later on New Year’s Eve 2021, Mayweather stepped into the RIZIN ring for his first exhibition bout, taking on superstar kickboxing prodigy, Tenshin Nasukawa. The undersized Nasukawa performed valiantly, but was ultimately out of his element, succumbing to a technical knockout in two minutes and 20 seconds (watch highlights).

Two more exhibition matches have followed for Mayweather since, his most recent taking place last month (May 21, 2022), fighting to a ”No Decision” against former training partner, Don Moore.

As for Asakura (16-3, 1 no-contest in MMA), the 29-year-old’s fame has exploded over recent years thanks to his strong YouTube presence and entertaining fight style. Of his 16 career wins, eight have come via knockout. Asakura rides a two-fight win streak and last avenged a past loss to former RIZIN champion, Yutaka Saito, at RIZIN 33 in Dec. 2021.

MMA Mania will provide more details surrounding the bout as they’re provided.

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  • 81%
    Floyd Mayweather
    (207 votes)
  • 18%
    Mikuru Asakura
    (47 votes)
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