Floyd Mayweather Jr. stops Mikuru Asakura in two in exhibition

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (left) vs. Mikuru Asakura

Boxing famous person Floyd Mayweather Jr. returned to the ring to cease blended martial artist Mikuru Asakura within the second spherical of what was scheduled to be a three-round exhibition at Saitama Tremendous Enviornment, in Saitama, Japan, on Saturday evening (Sunday in Japan).

Mayweather, who’s now 45, was competing for the second time this 12 months having met Don Moore in Abu Dhabi in Might.

Forward of the competition, retired famous person Manny Pacquiao entered the sector to “The Eye of the Tiger” and obtained a heat reception from the viewers. He started by welcoming everybody and thanking the promoter for being invited. He mentioned, “[Asakura] got here to the Philippines and requested for my recommendation on approach; I shared with him. He can punch and field. I’m excited to observe him tonight. I’m Asian; I help Asians. That’s why I’m right here to help this exhibition match.”

Within the formal introductions when the standard passing of flowers had been to be offered to Mayweather, the individual doing so stunningly dropped them at Mayweather’s ft as an alternative.

Mayweather saved issues at arm’s size within the opening spherical, utilizing his jab to maintain the space, although did need to take a stinging physique shot from Asakura within the opening minute. Each time the favored Asakura threw or landed punches, he was greeted by loud cheers from his compatriots in attendance. Mayweather additionally had success to the physique on two events.

A extra aggressive Mayweather landed a pleasant proper hand that Asakura took properly early in Spherical 2. Asakura landed a proper hand that snapped Mayweather’s head again. The American smiled and continued transferring backwards, selecting his moments. Late within the spherical, Mayweather linked with a tough proper hand that stiffened the Japanese fighter’s legs. Mayweather landed a giant overhand proper that dropped Asakura closely on the bell. Asakura tried to make it to his ft however referee Kenny Bayless correctly referred to as a halt to proceedings.

Mayweather spoke to the gang afterward and thanked everybody who got here, in addition to eight-division world champion Pacquiao.

“I’m completely happy we had been in a position to give the followers pleasure,” mentioned Mayweather. “Thanks for having me. I’ll be again.”

Mayweather is anticipated to return to the exhibition circle towards Deji Olatunji, in Dubai, on November 13. Nonetheless you must surprise with each Mayweather and Pacquiao in attendance if they may resume hostilities for an exhibition within the close to future.

Tremendous Rizin undercard outcomes:

Skilled Kombat Sports activities star Kouzi Tanaka made Floyd Mayweather’s physique guard Ray Vinci Sadeghi (often known as Jizzy Mack) pay for what he felt was disrespect within the build-up. Tanaka staggered after which dropped the drained Sadeghi with a left hand within the opening seconds of the third spherical of their exhibition.

The tip got here quickly after when Tanaka jumped on Sadeghi and hammered him with photographs earlier than ending issues by sending Sadeghi sprawling downward from a left hook. The struggle was instantly stopped.

Tanaka later requested for a struggle with Mayweather in his subsequent bout.

Nadaka Yoshinari stopped Bandasak So Trakunpet within the opening spherical of their kickboxing contest. The 21-year-old Japanese fighter dropped Trakunpet with slightly below a minute left within the first spherical and though the aged Thai warrior made it again up, he was stopped moments in a while his ft. Yoshinari improves to (41-5-1, 27 knockouts), Trakunpet, who had over 100 Muay Thai assessments was making his kickboxing debut.

Kota Miura, the son of Japanese soccer legend Kazuyoshi “King Kazu” Miura, pressured Bunchuay Pongsungnoen to faucet out with an arm bar submission at 1:07 of the primary spherical of their MMA contest. Miura moved to (2-0, 0 KOs), whereas Thailand’s Pongsungnoen drops to (0-1).

The occasion was streamed on FITE.



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