Mayweather confirms Gervonta Davis will have exhibition bout in Japan

‘April is Tenshin and May is the real fight’: Floyd Mayweather confirms unbeaten protege Gervonta Davis will have exhibition bout in Japan

  • Floyd Mayweather protege Gervonta Davis appears set for an exhibition bout
  • Speaking after Davis’ latest win, Mayweather said a bout in Japan is planned
  • Davis is set to fight Tenshin Nasukawa, who lost to Mayweather in December
  • It was over in a round and many reporters were in disbelief at the announcement 

Unbeaten star Gervonta Davis will have an exhibition bout against Japanese kick-boxer Tenshin Nasukawa in April, Floyd Mayweather confirmed. 

Speaking after Davis’ knockout win over Hugo Ruiz to win the WBA super featherweight title, Mayweather revealed to reporters his surprising plans in the coming months. 

Mayweather, now 41, took Nasukawa apart inside a round when the pair met in December and having earned millions, it appears he is taking his unbeaten protege Davis for some of the action. 

Floyd Mayweather confirms protege Gervonta Davis will fight an exhibition bout in Japan

Floyd Mayweather confirms protege Gervonta Davis will fight an exhibition bout in Japan

He will face Tenshin Nasukawa, who was taken apart within a round by Mayweather last year

He will face Tenshin Nasukawa, who was taken apart within a round by Mayweather last year

‘We’re thinking May (for his next fight), if that’s OK with him,’ Mayweather told reporters when asked about Davis’ plans. 

‘But he has an exhibition bout with Tenshin (Nasukawa) in Japan in April. Yes he’s fighting Tenshin in an exhibition bout in Japan.’

Reporters were stunned by the admission given Nasukawa was left in tears having been overwhelmed by Mayweather within seconds of the bell. 

Mayweather promotes Davis and he has big plans for the unbeaten fighter for the rest of 2019

Mayweather promotes Davis and he has big plans for the unbeaten fighter for the rest of 2019

Nasukawa was left in tears after the farcical bout but he now appears set to take on Davis

Nasukawa was left in tears after the farcical bout but he now appears set to take on Davis

Davis is a heavier puncher in peak physical condition and many were questioning if Mayweather was being serious with the media.  

‘Yes, exhibition bout. April is Tenshin and May is the real fight,’ he added.

Mayweather is unsurprisingly keen to see Davis go to Asia having walked away from his bout with $10million (£7.7m) and while the 24-year-old is unlikely to get to such figures, he would make light work of the 20-year-old Japanese fighter.  

‘It was crazy!’ laughed Mayweather. ‘I was supposed to make $9m but I ended up making $10m! I got a bonus!’ 

Davis will likely return to less farcical match-ups in May when he will defend his title against an opponent that, as of yet, remains unselected.  

The 24-year-old showed all his skills in California with a knockout win against Hugo Ruiz

The 24-year-old showed all his skills in California with a knockout win against Hugo Ruiz

Victory saw Davis take home the WBA super featherweight title as he eyes his next fight in May

Victory saw Davis take home the WBA super featherweight title as he eyes his next fight in May

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