The Young Kickboxer is Back on Track… Tenshin Nasukawa Added Another Highlight Reel Finish to His Unbeaten Record… Watch as he Landed a KO Finish Straight Out of Street Fighter…

Tenshin Nasukawa became a figure of notoriety across the world after his devastating first round ‘defeat’ to Floyd Mayweather in their exhibition match on New Year’s Eve, in Tokyo’s Saitama Super Arena. The Japanese kickboxer was totally outmuscled, with many believing that it was just a fix.

That’s possible, but it’s more likely that it was simply the result of Mayweather being over 20lbs heavier than the 20-year-old RIZIN star. When you put Nasukawa back in his own weight division, his speed and dynamism combine with incredible results, as he’s put together a whole host of highlight reel finishes.

Watch below as he added another brutal KO to his record, when he fought at the weekend in his native Japan, against Federico Roma. If you have any doubts about him being the real deal, then this should go some way towards erasing them.


Nasukawa was beating the likes of Muay Thai legend Wanchalong PK Senchaigym and former IBF champ Amnat Ruenroeng when he was just 18. He’s famous for his athleticism, as he regularly uses ridiculous cartwheel kicks that look like they’ve come straight out of a video game.

That’s what he did to Federico Roma when he took him on in the main event of RISE 2019. He rocked his opponent with punches, before following up with that amazing kick finish.

Tenshin Nasukawa. Screenshot: Twitter.

Rising Star

RIZIN have naturally been pushing their young star hard. He’s the face of RISE, the kickboxing branch of RIZIN, and looks set to have a bright future in the sport. Still only 20-years-old, he’s already 29-0 as a professional kickboxer and has a record of 4-0 in MMA.

It will be fascinating to see how he progresses, and most of all, whether or not RIZIN will be able to keep him on their books. He’s already a huge star in his native Japan, and you can bet that ONE Championship is watching his contract situation with keen eyes. Tenshin has the potential to be box office.

Full Results

For full results from RISE 2019, see below courtesy of Combat Press:

Tenshin Nasukawa def. Federico Roma by knockout (cartwheel kick). Round 3, 1:35 – 58-kilogram tournament A-Block
Chan Hyeong Lee def. Yuki by unanimous decision – 61-kilogram tournament B-Block
Saeksan Or. Kwanmuang def. Taiga by split decision (30-29, 28-29, 30-28) – 61-kilogram tournament A-Block
Genji Umeno def. Lu Jun by unanimous decision (30-28, 30-27, 30-27) – 61-kilogram tournament B-Block
Shiro def. Vladyslav Mykytas by TKO (leg kicks). Round 3, 1:09 – 58-kilogram tournament B-Block
Taiju Shiratori def. Hector Santiago by extra round unanimous decision (10-9×3) – 61-kilogram tournament A-Block
Rungkit Wor.Sanprapai def. Fred Cordeiro by unanimous decision – 58-kilogram tournament B-Block
Suakim PK Saenchaimuaythaigym def. Thalisson Gomes Ferreira by TKO (teep kick to the body). Round 3, 1:30 – 58-kilogram tournament A-Block
Tapruwan Hadesworkout def. “Black Panther” Beynoah by knockout (left hook). Round 1, 2:10
Masahiko Suzuki def. Deok Jae Yoon by knockout. Round 1
Kento Haraguchi def. Miguel Martinez by knockout (front kick to the body). Round 1, 0:25 – 61-kilogram tournament reserve
Tatsuki Shinotsuka def. Ruka by knockout. Round 1

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