Matsudo - Japanese kickboxer Tenshin "Ninja Boy"
Nasukawa said on Tuesday he wants to use the element of surprise to defeat
boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr in their bout later this month.
"I want to kick his ass," the 20-year-old
baby-faced southpaw told reporters after a training session in the city of
Matsudo near Tokyo.
The New Year's Eve bout, first announced in early November,
was abruptly scrapped by the unbeaten 41-year-old American after a
"misunderstanding" over the fight's terms, according to mixed martial
arts promoter RIZIN.
But it was back on as an exhibition match after RIZIN chief
Nobuyuki Sakakibara flew to Los Angeles for talks with Mayweather and agreed to
an orthodox boxing match without kicking, which will be a disadvantage for
"I want to make surprising moves," said the
Japanese fighter, who has just returned from an intensive two-week boxing
training in Las Vegas. "I want to fully use the kickboxing skills I
Nasukawa now weighs 61 kilogrammes and is 10
centimetres shorter than Mayweather, who has won world titles in five
different weight classes.
He added that he suspected Mayweather was "not taking
the bout seriously".
Nasukawa is considered something of a prodigy in Japanese
fighting circles and began learning karate at the age of five.
Like Mayweather, he is unbeaten, boasting a 28-0 record as a
professional kickboxer with 21 wins by knockout. He has four wins from four
matches in mixed martial arts.