Japan’s Tenshin Nasukawa has amassed quite a fight resume in the 22 sojourns the Earth has taken round the sun since his birth. The kickboxing, karate phenom has already amassed an amateur record of 99-5, and a professional record of 33-0 — including 4 wins in MMA.
JAPAN’S KARATE KID
Nasukawa, a 5-foot-4 flyweight, fights out of Matsudo, Chiba, with Kyokushin karate as his foundation in the martial arts. Listening to an analysis of his style in the ring sounds more like a poetry reading than fight analysis, in part due to Nasukawa’s supernatural fluidity that defies prosaic description.
NASUKAWA VS SAPUN
Nasukawa’s MMA debut came on December 29, 2016, at Rizin 3 in Saitama Super Arena — just a dozen miles down the road from his home. Facing Ukrainian Nikita Sapun, he got into serious trouble midway through the first round when he was caught in a wicked-looking arm bar, but managed to free himself and end the fight with a TKO seconds before the bell sounded.
NASUKAWA VS OLIGO
Two days later, Nasukawa was back in the ring to take on 27-year-old American Kawika “Dylan” Oligo. This time the young fighter was in control throughout the first round, and finished the fight on a guillotine choke just 37 seconds into the second round.
NASUKAWA VS GHIGLIOTTI
At Rizin 5, Nasukawa was pitted against Italian Francesco Ghigliotti, who was making his professional debut at 34 years of age. Nasukawa dominated on way to a TKO via head kick and punches at 1:07 in the first round.
NASUKAWA VS FUJITA
In Nasukawa’s latest MMA fight, at Rizin Fighting World Grand Prix 2017, he tangled with fellow Japanese Yamato Fujita. The precocious teenager endured two kicks to the groin on way to claiming the decision against his 25-year-old foe.
NASUKAWA VS MAYWEATHER
In 2018, on New Year’s Eve, Nasukawa faced undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a 3-round, catchweight exhibition boxing match at Rizin 14 in Saitama, Japan. In the one-sided fight, Nasukawa was knocked down 3 times in the first round and his corner subsequently threw the towel in. The match was controversial, however, and drew accusations of match-fixing.
Stay tuned as we follow Japan’s rising son’s ongoing quest to become the best…