Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. makes another stop on his exhibition tour tonight (Sat., Sept. 24, 2022), returning to Japan to face Rizin star and social media sensation Mikuru Asakura in the familiar halls of the Saitama Super Arena.
MMAmania will have LIVE coverage of the FITE PPVwhich starts at 11:00 pm Eastern.
This isn’t “Money’s” first time working with the promotion, as he infamously torched Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve 2018. He won’t have that sort of size advantage against natural Featherweight Asakura, if that in anyway kindles your interest in the fight.
Super RIZIN also features world-ranked Bantamweight kickboxer Koji “Kouzi” Tanaka against >=200-pound Mayweather bodyguard Ray “Jizzy” Sadeghi, Muay Thai wunderkind Nadaka Toshinari squaring off against Bandasak So Trakunpet, and an MMA opener pitting pro boxer Bunchuai Phonsungnoen against kickboxing veteran Kota Miura.
Super RIZIN Quick Results:
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Mikuru Asakura – Mayweather def. Asakura by KO in Round Two
Koji Tanaka vs. Ray Sadeghi — Tanaka def. Sadeghi by TKO in Round Three
Nadaka Toshinari vs. Bandasak So Trakunpet — Nadaka def. Bandasak by TKO (knee and punches) in Round One
Bunchuai Phonsungnoen vs. Kota Miura — Kota def. Bunchuai by submission (armbar) in Round One
Super RIZIN Round-by-Round Coverage:
Boxing Exhibition: Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Mikuru Asakura
Round one: Mayweather orthodox, Asakura southpaw. Asakura falls short with a body shot, then with an overhand left. Body shot lands for him. One minute in. Mostly feints so far. Asakura left hand falls short, jab connects. He bounces a two-piece off the guard against the ropes. Mayweather with a right downstairs, then a led upstairs. Asakura swings big, Mayweather avoids with great head movement. Body shot again by Mayweather. Another, then upstairs. 1-2 falls short. Body shot lands, Asakura catches him with a looping left on the exit. One last darting right by Mayweather. Fairly even so far, favoring Mayweather.
Round two: Mayweather jabs the body, avoids a pair of counters. Nice lead right. Another, avoids the counters. Asakura tries to hold and hit. One minute in. Another lead right by Mayweather, who avoids an uppercut. Rights to the body. Asakura double jab. Another stiff right hand from Mayweather with a minute to go. Asakura straight left, then catches him hard with a long right. Good straight left behind it. Mayweather smiling as they exchange. He avoids a three-piece, lands a body shot. Good overhand right. Both connect with their power hands, then Mayweather sends him to the mat with a right cross right at the bell. He can’t beat the count.
Final result: Mayweather def. Asakura by KO
Custom Rules: Koji Tanaka vs. Ray Sadeghi
Round one: Tanaka flicking out the jab, not committing to anything. Sadeghi ties up a minute. Ugly right hook attempt. Tanaka digs a left to the body. Nice combination into the clinch. Sadeghi whiffs on another right hand and clinches. He barely knows what he’s doing there. Decent clubbing right with a minute to go. 1-2 from Tanaka, Sadeghi tries to hold and hit. 1-2 from Tanaka. Body shot. Sadeghi clinches. 10-9 Tanaka if it’s round by round, moderate Tanaka lead if it’s overall.
Round two: Jab and cross form Sadeghi, clinch. Hard left hook from Tanaka, who slips in an exchange. Sadeghi wings more right hands inside. Tanaka body shots, then a left hook upstairs. Clinch. Another left hook and another. Sadeghi complaining about an elbow. More combos by Tanaka. Sadeghi trying to slug with him. Halfway through. Big counter hook by Tanaka, overhand right. Sadeghi doing more clinching than hitting. Another left hook met by a Sadeghi body shot. Tanaka body shot, clubbing right. Sadeghi continues to try and hold, eats another hard 3-2. More heavy rights from Tanaka on the ropes. Sadeghi trying to waste time in the clinch, gets hurt badly by a low-high left hook. 10-9 Tanaka/huge Tanaka lead.
Round three: Big counter left and Sadeghi’s legs go out. A flurry sends him to the mat. He manages to beat the count, then clinches. Body shot from Tanaka, trying to swarm inside. Swinging for the knockout and another left hook sends him face-first to the mat.
Final result: Tanaka def. Sadeghi by TKO
Muay Thai: Nadaka Toshinari vs. Bandasak So Trakunpet
Round one: Both prodding with kicks to start. Nice body shot from Nadaka, quick high kick attempt behind it. Another body kick stings Bandasak and Nadaka tries to blitz. Right cross from Bandasak to get back into the fight. Nadaka catches a body kick and dumps Bandasak to the mat. Check hook lands for him. Snap kick downstairs keeps working for him. Head kick. They trade body kicks. Halfway through. 1-2-1-knee-elbow. Low kick to body kick. Body shot to knee to elbow. Nadaka on fire to start, briefly drops him with a leg kick. Bandasak tries to lead with a head kick and a right hook sends him to the canvas. He beats the count but Nadaka tears into his body until the ref steps in.
Final result: Toshinari def. Bandasak by TKO (knee and punches)
150 lbs.: Bunchuai Phonsungnoen vs. Kota Miura
Round one: Bunchuai lands a low kick, then a hard check hook as Kota pursues. Kota shoots in the corner, then jumps guard. One minute in. Elbow from Bunchuai. Kota looks for an armbar, doing nothing, eats a right hand on the way up. He shoots through a knee for another takedown attempt. Outside reap gets it done and in a matter of seconds, he moves to mount and wraps up a quick armbar for the finish.
Final result: Miura def. Bunchuai by submission (armbar)
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