Earlier today 22 year old kick boxing king Tenshin Nasukawa [那須川天心] appeared on a TBS television show to announce that his kick boxing career was coming to an end, and that he would be retiring from the sport next March, at the end of a RISE tournament. Whilst that would be the end of his days as a kick boxer, it wasn't the end of his combat career, announce that that was when he would be heading to professional boxing.
On the show Tenshin explained "Kickboxing has made me a professional fighter, and I am very grateful for it. However, I am only 22 years old. Kickboxing, who is in a position to be challenged as an undefeated champion, graduated here. I chose the boxing path where I can become a challenger from scratch as the next field. I would like you to see Tenshin Nasukawa as a challenger winning up."
As a kick boxer the plan is to have 4 more bouts over the next 11 months, and in regards to those bouts he explained "I want to KO all the games (for the rest of the kickboxing games). However, just because there are a few games that will count down to retirement, I will not change anything, but prepare and adjust as usual and go to the game. Kickboxing will graduate in March 2022, but it will definitely revolutionize the boxing industry. Thank you for your continued support! "
Although Tenshin hasn't yet fought as a professional he has shared the ring with numerous boxers. There was his now infamous exhibition with Floyd Mayweather Jr, that helped boost his name internationally despite the farcical nature of the contest, as well as an exhibition with Koki Kameda and sparring with Naoya Inoue [井上 尚弥].
Given that the comments were made on a show on TBS it has lead to discussion about who Tenshin will turn professional with. The logical answer seems to be Teiken, with whom he has trained with before, though Teiken don't actually have a TV deal of any note with TBS, usually working with NTV instead and occasionally working with Fuji, usually when it comes to Ryota Murata [村田 諒太]. There are work arounds here, as seen with Murata who has deal himself with Fuji but actually began his career with Misako gym, who have a long relationship with Fuji. On the other hand Watanabe Gym and Ambition gym both have links to TBS.
There is also suggestion that the comments were made on TBS today due to their existing relationship with RISE and has nothing to do with his professional boxing career, and that a deal with Teiken is done with Tenshin probably fighting on Fuji TV as a professional boxer.
Of course there are other options, and there is certainly a lot of speculation going around.
We'll be expecting more news through the year and will be looking forward to his professional debut, which people are expecting to take place by the end of 2022.
Over the weekend we reported the news that kick boxing king Tenshin Nasukawa [那須川天心] would fight against Koki Kameda (33-2, 18) [亀田 興毅] on June 22nd. At the time no details were available and the originally planned press conference had been scrapped due to the venue not being suitable for the number of press wanting to attend.
Today the rescheduled press conference took place and we finally got some details of the match up, and the rules regarding the fight, even if not everything is totally clear, yet.
The bout will be the third in the ¥10,000,000 series of shows run by Abema TV. Kameda was the first man to defend the money, doing so in 2017, and it's what Nasukawa did himself this past weekend. The money will be available for Kameda, but only if he can stop Nasukawa. If Nasukawa wins, the bout ends in a draw or goes the distance Abema will be keeping the money.
Although the prize was explained the moment the rules of the contest are still under-discussion, with suggestions being that it will be a form of modified boxing rules. Talk about weight, distance, glove weight and the like haven't been revealed either.
At the press conference a confident Kameda referred to Nasukawa's TKO1 loss to Floyd Mayweather at the end of 2018 and stated that he will also stop the the face of Japanese kick boxing in the opening round.
Nasukawa on the other hand spoke about about being confident and wanting to enliven the martial arts world, in battles outside of the typical martial arts frame work. He also spoke about looking up to Kameda when he was younger, showing respect to the former 3 weight world champion.
The full rules are expected to be announced in the near future, with Abema likely to have a lot of shoulder programming for the event as well.
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Earlier today Japanese fans tuning in to Abema saw kick boxing wunderkind Tenshin Nasukawa [那須川天心] secure two wins as part of a special event, that had he lost the winner would have been the recipient of a large financial reward. Following the wins Abema announced that Nasukawa's next bout would see him take on former 3-weight boxing world champion Koki Kameda (33-2, 18) [亀田 興毅].
The contest, which was announced at the end of today's show, will take place on June 22nd and will have an official press conference in the near future to fully explain the details and rules.
Originally there was a snap conference announced for Sunday, but that had to be rescheduled due to the venue they had planned not being able to cope with the amount of press hoping to attend.
Japanese sources are reporting that the bout is likely to be a boxing contest, albeit with possibly a modified boxing rule set, and may also feature a large financial prize for the winner.
The two fighters have already spoke on the contest with Nasukawa stating "I would like to aim for KO because I want to play well. I would like to play a game well based on that, because I will not hit the punch well and will not play the next game." Whilst Kameda, who was the first to hold an event like Nasukawa's from earlier today, stated “I decided to play a serious match with a young man who will support the future martial arts world with his own Twitter. Tenshin Nasukawa, cheering up the bee circles to enliven the Japanese archipelago together I sent a message."
Interestingly Tenshin's bouts today included one against Tepparith Kokietgym (35-3, 22) [เทพฤทธิ์ ก่อเกียรติยิม] who scored a notable win over Koki's brother Daiki when he was a full time professional boxer.
This coming weekend is a massive one for boxing fans, with the jewel of the weekend clearly being the WBSS semi final bout between Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15) [井上 尚弥] and Emmanuel Rodriguez (19-0, 12). Today saw the announcement of another fight for the weekend, as part of an Abema special event, and it will feature a former boxing world champion going up against the face of Japanese organisation RIZIN.
The match in question will see Tenshin Nasukawa [那須川天心], best known by boxing fans for his exhibition at the end of 2018 with Floyd Mayweather Jr, taking on former WBA Super Flyweight champion Tepparith Kokietgym (35-3, 22) [เทพฤทธิ์ ก่อเกียรติยิม], with Tepparith having won a fan vote to face Nasukawa.
Tepparith had entered a competition to face the RIZIN fighter but had lost a split decision. He was reprieved however by the fan vote, which happened due to the original competition winner needing to pull out of the bout.
Tepparith, from what we under-stand, is living in Osaka at the moment to continue his own career in kick boxing. As a boxer he was a very solid fighter and amassed a 35-3 (22) record whilst scoring notable wins over Drian Francisco, Daiki Kameda, Tomonobu Shimizu and Nobuo Nashiro. he has however been out of boxing for almost 3 years, and from what we understand his bout with Tenshin will be a bout fought under modified boxing rules.
For those wanting to watch the bout will take place on Abema on Saturday, from 14:55 local time on Abema Special 2
Earlier today multiple sources began to run a story that Tenshin Nasukawa [那須川天心] would be returning to the ring on April 21st, to compete at RIZIN 15, at the Yokohama Arena. The story isn't that straight forward however, with Nasukawa's bout on the show being an exhibition, similar to his December 31st exhibition with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
This time, rather than fighting someone around 20lbs heavier than himself, Nasukawa will be sharing the ring with WBA Super Featherweight "Super" champion Gervonta Davis (21-0, 20), who is more similar to Nasukawa in terms of size and weight.
Mayweather, who is Davis' promoter, told reporters that the plan is to have this exhibition in April and then for Davis to fight his next defense in May, though details on that are scarce.
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