Tenshin Nasukawa posted a video on his YouTube channel yesterday in which he talked about how Covid-19 had disrupted his career. The kickboxing star revealed he was planning to fight overseas and had offers from some of the biggest promotions in the world.
According to Tenshin he was contacted by ONE Championship, Glory and Bellator who all wanted to offer him kickboxing fights. Intriguingly he has also been on touch with the UFC who wanted him to resume his MMA career.
You can see the entire video here:
Tenshin is set to face Takeru in a kickboxing super fight this summer. Details are thin on the ground about the date, location or name of the event but we know it is going to take place in June.
After that Tenshin plans to retire from kickboxing and switch his focus to boxing. He has not fought outside of Japan since a training trip to Thailand a decade ago.
But it sounds like Tenshin really did want to finish his kickboxing career with a world tour that could have potentially involved fights for ONE Championship or Glory. But because of Covid-19 he was forced to carry on competing in Japan.
It is a shame as there would have been huge interest in a rematch with Rodtang Jitmuangnon, a fight ONE Championship would have been only too keen to put together. Instead Tenshin’s farewell tour will conclude with him fighting Japanese fighters on Japanese soil.
At least the 23 year old will be able to finish his kickboxing career with a bang. Fights don’t come much bigger than the one he has booked for June.