Boxing: Floyd Mayweather Sends Japanese MMA Fighter Mikuru Azakura to the Canvas After Round 2

Boxing: Floyd Mayweather Sends Japanese MMA Fighter Mikuru Azakura to the Canvas After Round 2

  • Former World champion Floyd Mayweather floored Japan Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Mikuru Asakura on Sunday in an exhibition bout staged in Saitama, Japan
  • Mayweather's bout with Asakura had no judges, meaning the result would not count on the fighter's record
  • The American, who was recently inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, retired in 2017 with an unblemished 50-0 record after beating UFC star Conor McGregor in his final fight

Floyd Mayweather knocked out Japanese Mixed Martial Arts fighter Mikuru Azakura with a devastating right hand at the end of the second round in an exhibition fight.

The 45-year-old Mayweather was competing for the second time this year having met Don Moore in Abu Dhabi in May.

Mayweather, who has an unblemished 50-0 career record, kept the bout at arm’s length in the opening round, using his jab to keep the distance.

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Floyd Mayweather, Mikuru Azakura, Mixed martial artist, Japan, Saitama
Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. stopped Mikuru Azakura after round two in an exhibition bout. Photo credit: @marcraimondi
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However, a competitive Azakura landed a stinging body shot on the former World champion in the opening minute.

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But a more aggressive Mayweather landed a big overhand right at the tail-end of round two that dropped the Japanese straight to the canvas heavily at the bell.

It was the first time the 30-year-old Asakura, who has a record of 16-3 in MMA matches, competed in a boxing bout, albeit an exhibition.

Following the end of the bout, Mayweather spoke to the crowd afterwards and expressed his appreciation to everyone who came, as well as eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao.

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The 50-0 boxer said that he and McGregor will square off in a fight or an exhibition match, more than five years after their blockbuster fight in 2017.

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