Floyd Mayweather Jr. Mixed martial artist Mikuru Asakura was suspended in the second round of a pair’s exhibition boxing match in Japan on Saturday (September 24).
Mayweather, 45, has participated in a number of exhibition fights since retiring undefeated as a professional boxer in 2017, and his confrontation with Asakura, 30, Proved to be one of the most entertaining games.
The match at the Saitama Super Arena in Asakura’s home is scheduled for three three-minute rounds, and the fun opening frame made way for a more competitive second round, as Mayweather knocked out Asakura with the last punch before the bell.
It was a right-wing show that cut Asakura on the ear and sent the sprawling Japanese fighter, and the MMA star couldn’t beat referee Kenny Bayless’s count.
Before stopping, Mayweather – the former multi-weight boxing world champion – was eager to stay light on his feet, as Southpaw Asakura elicited huge reactions from the American with the bluff.
Mayweather demonstrated his famous defense by dodging most of Asakura’s blows and blocking the 30-year-old’s heavy punches, before dropping a few head and body before the end of the first round.
In the second round, the intensity increased after Mayweather landed a clean cross pass and a step into the head of Asakura, whose MMA professional record is 16-3 (1 no contest). The shot led Asakura to respond with greater intent and attempt a series of breech hooks to snatch.
After Bayliss separated the two fighters, Mayweather applied pressure by supporting Asakura and landing on the head twice in quick succession. Asakura retaliated with his best spell in combat, seeming to somewhat startle Mayweather before the 45-year-old used some effective head movements to pull himself off the ropes.
Both fighters then tied up with a number of straight punches in the final seconds of the second round, with Mayweather knocking Asakura down the bell and leaving the mixed martial artist unable to beat Payless’s count.
“I would like to thank the whole country of Japan, which is an incredible country,” Mayweather said after the fight. “A round of applause for this amazing competitor here. Another incredible experience. I’m glad to be here, thanks again.
“I am so glad we were able to give the fans a thrill tonight. Thanks for having me, I will be back.”
In his previous fights on the show, Mayweather knocked out kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa in the first round in 2018, before going the distance with YouTuber Logan Paul last summer and hearing the final bell against undefeated boxer Don Moore in May.
Mayweather is set to be YouTuber Deji nextin Dubai in November.