Tenshin Nasukawa Responds To Conor McGregor’s Call-Out
It seems like Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather’s careers are now inextricably linked. Ever since their record-breaking boxing match last year McGregor the two have gone back and forth in the media with rumours of a rematch failing to go away.
First Floyd built his public persona around his enormous wealth, now Conor is doing the same. Mayweather also made other financial ventures outside of his sport, now McGregor has his Proper Twelve whiskey.
Well, now it seems the Notorious has decided to play the game of one-upmanship to the next level by attempting to follow in Floyd’s footsteps by facing Japanese kickboxer and MMA fighter Tenshin Nasakawa in an exhibition bout.
When Floyd faced the previously-undefeated Tenshin on New Year’s Eve he appeared to completely disregard the gentlemanly aspect of an exhibition, instead, in a move uncharacteristic for his later career, he bombarded his opponent with a series of strikes to KO the Japanese fighter in less than around.
McGregor has since also made his own public announcement about his intention to fight Tenshin after posting on Twitter that he would like to face the Japanese fighter in an MMA exhibition before this summer.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 7, 2019
When the biggest star in the history of MMA calls you out, you don’t waste time accepting his challenge. Tenshin was quick to respond on social media, thanking McGregor for remembering his name and asking for the fight to be contested under kickboxing rules at a weight of 58kg.
Dear Mr. McGregor. @TheNotoriousMMA
Thank you very much for remembering my name. I’m honored that you would even consider fighting me.
58kg, kickboxing rules would probably get us in the ring sometime in the near future 👍 pic.twitter.com/BTgVVnwXLA
— 那須川 天心 (@TeppenTenshin) January 7, 2019
For those not aquainted with the metric system, 58kg is around 128lbs. To put this in perspective, think back to what McGregor looked like the last time he fought at 145lbs. (65kg)
With this in mind, it seems like the pair probably won’t be facing off anytime soon. That being said, given that Tenshin’s prospect opponent is someone with significantly greater star power than himself it’s not out of the realms of possibility that concessions could be made so we could see these two compete against one another, but only time will tell.