The fight, scheduled for three three-minute rounds, didn’t see the final bell as Floyd Mayweather stopped Japanese MMA fighter, Mikuru Asakura.
Asakura has a mixed martial arts record of 16 wins and 3 losses. He fights under the RIZIN Fighting Federation banner, and this was his first foray into exhibition boxing.
With referee Kenny Bayless at the helm, the fight started off with missed attempts from Asakura and jabbing from Mayweather. It was pretty clear that second gear would do the job for the unbeaten boxer. Still, the crowd in Saitama, Japan roared every time their fighter landed a shot, which he did go onto do as the round progressed.
In the second it was clear that Asakura wanted to make an impression, attempting some power punches – one of which slipped through the famed defence of Mayweather.
Whether it was the crowd, the taunts, or the pop in the shots, ‘Money’ decided he didn’t want to play anymore. A quick bit of work and the fight was over. You get the impression he could’ve done it in the first minute of the first round should he have wanted to.
Mayweather’s still got it 🔥
A clean shot gives Floyd a KO over Asakura ⚡️
— Boxing Social (@boxing_social) September 25, 2022
He spoke with respect after the fight.
“I would like to thank the whole country of Japan. Unbelievable turnout, unbelievable people, an exciting, crazy turn out. Round of applause for this tough competitor right here.”
The 45-year-old boxing icon has been open about his decision to earn money from these show outs. In June of last year, the former five-division champion boxed Logan Paul in a non-scored bout.
‘Money’ Mayweather will make a reported $20 million from the event. His attentions now turn to a rematch with former UFC-champion, Conor McGregor – although McGregor doesn’t seem as keen as the American.