Mayweather v Nasukawa: Japanese kickboxer 'underestimated' boxer

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Mar 21, 2018
Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa says he "underestimated" Floyd Mayweather but that he had "concerns" before his defeat in an exhibition boxing match on Monday.

"The days since the fight was confirmed have been enjoyable but with concerns," Nasukawa said.

He wrote "I am disappointed at myself since I thought I could have done better.

"But I will face the facts and will continue to take on any challenge. I learned that I didn't work hard enough to earn this opportunity, and I will use this defeat to improve myself and move forward this year."

Mayweather had a 4kg (9lb) weight advantage for the contest, which was worth a reported $9m and was widely criticised.

Both fighters are undefeated in their respective sports, and the defeat will not count towards Nasukawa's record.

He said he has "no regrets" over agreeing to the fight.

"When I first got the offer I took it in a flash," said Nasukawa, who also competes in mixed martial arts (MMA).