Floyd Mayweather defends ‘joke’ Tenshin Nasukawa fight as bizarre rules are revealed

FLOYD MAYWEATHER has responded to Amir Khan’s claim that his exhibition bout against Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa is ‘bad for boxing’.

Mayweather, 41, will meet Nasukawa, 20, on December 31 in a boxing exhibition – with Japanese MMA promotion RIZIN FF promoting the bout.

Floyd Mayweather defends ‘joke’ Tenshin Nasukawa fight as bizarre rules are revealedGetty Images – Getty14 Mayweather will meet Nasukawa on December 31, in Japan
Floyd Mayweather defends ‘joke’ Tenshin Nasukawa fight as bizarre rules are revealedReuters14 Khan does not think the bout is good for boxing

However, Khan, who has chased a fight with Mayweather since 2013, told the Daily Mail that he believes the 41-year-olds next bout is “hurting boxing.”

Khan said: “If you look at boxing and MMA – why is MMA and UFC surpassing boxing?

“Because they’re putting the better fights on, they’re putting the fights on that people want to see and these are just joke fights what Floyd Mayweather is doing.

“He’s going to be getting a good cheque but it’s hurting boxing isn’t it?

“Boxing fans are going to buy the fight, think it’s going to be a good fight, Mayweather is going to go in there and destroy the guy straight away (and) people will say it’s a mismatch.

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