Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa says he “underestimated” Floyd Mayweather but that he had “concerns” sooner than his defeat in an exhibition boxing match on Monday.
American former 5-weight world champion Mayweather, forty one, wished handiest a hundred and forty seconds to beat Nasukawa in Tokyo.
Nasukawa, 20, turned into knocked down thrice and ended the war in tears.
“The times for the explanation that war turned into confirmed possess been appetizing but with concerns,” Nasukawa said.
He wrote on Instagram: “I am disappointed at myself since I view I will possess accomplished better.
“But I will face the info and would possibly perchance fair proceed to select on on any convey. I learned that I did no longer work laborious enough to manufacture this opportunity, and I will exercise this defeat to enhance myself and hunch ahead this year.”
Mayweather had a 4kg (9lb) weight advantage for the competition, which turned into price a reported $9m and turned into extensively criticised.
Each warring parties are undefeated in their respective sports, and the defeat just isn’t any longer going to count towards Nasukawa’s file.
He said he has “no regrets” over agreeing to the war.
“When I first got the supply I took it in a flash,” said Nasukawa, who moreover competes in blended martial arts (MMA).
“I view this turned into a likelihood of a lifetime, and though there had been considerable differences in accomplishments and weight classes, I felt that I possess to no longer trip and opt on the convey.
“Despite the general issues that came about main up to the war, I came to scheme discontinuance how in fact wide Mayweather turned into.
“I turned into the one underestimating him. I promise to make it to that stage.”