Last month we reported that Satoshi Shimizu (3-0, 3) [清水 聡] would be returning to the ring on October 2nd to face OPBF Featherweight champion Sa Myung Noh (11-3, 4) [노사명], with Shimizu looking to set a Japanese record for winning an OPBF title in fewer fights than any other Japanese fighter. Today we learned a number of details about the supporting bouts that card, and got the chance to piece together some of the card.
The chief support bout was announced today and will see former multi-time world title challenger Satoshi Hosono (33-3-1, 22) [細野 悟] battle against the in-form Reiya Abe (14-2, 7) [阿部 麗也], who comes into the on a 6 fight winning run including notable wins over Hikaru Marugame, Shingo Kusano, Tsuyoshi Tameda and Joe Noynay. The bout pits two Japanese top 10 ranked Featherweights against each other in a really mouth watering match up between battled hardened veteran and rising youngster with both men looking to prove a point, and both will be looking to make a statement en route to getting a big fight in the near future.
Also announced for the card was WBO #1 ranked Light Flyweight Ryuji Hara (22-2, 12) [原隆二], who's opponent hasn't been named, though it has been made clear that he is looking to get a second world title fight in the near futuire, and this could well be seen as his world title prelude.
Although not officially announed it's also strongly hinted that both Kazuki Nakajima (1-0, 1) [中嶋一輝] and Katsuya Yasuda (0-0) [保田克也] will be in action on the show, likely in 6 rounders, if they both get through their August 30th bouts without any damage.
Today Japanese fans in Machida saw the professional debut of new Ohashi signing Kazuki Nakajima (1-0, 1) [中嶋一輝], who made a positive start to his professional career as he crushed a Thai visitor inside a round to get off to a perfect start.
The Japanese youngster, who was a former amateur stand out, made aquick impact dropping the Thai inside the first few moments with a nasty straight left hand. The visitor showed his courage by getting back up to continue the fight but was sent down again not long afterwards with the Thai taking the full count whilst holding his shoulder.
Although the bout had only lasted 109 seconds Nakajima had positives and negatives to take from the bout. In regards to positives it seems clear that he has got a style suited to the professional ranks, but both Nakajima, and his promoter Hideyuki Ohashi, did make note of his low guard which will need to be improved going forward.
After the bout it was stated that Nakajima will be back in action in August, something we already suspected, and will then be kept busy with fights every 2 months whilst he continues to develop a professional style and adapt to the professional scene after an extensive amateur background.
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Earlier today the Ohashi gym held a press conference to officially announce an August 30th show, which had been rumoured over the last few days.
The show was fully announced today, but the main event of the card was, and will see former OPBF Super Flyweight champion Takuma Inoue (8-0, 2) [井上 拓真] make his long awaited ring return, following an injury last year. His opponent for the card, which will be the 60th Battle Pheonix show, will be former 4-time world title challenger Hiroyuki Hisataka (25-16-1, 11) [久高 寛之].
Inoue was supposed to fight for the WBO Bantamweight title last December but a hand injury forced him out of the contest, and it took a while for him to recover. Rather than take on an easy foe he's taking on a very under-rated and tough Hisataka, who has competed with a who's who of the lower weights. It's a tough return for the youngster, but he has stated he is looking toward a world title and will fight at either Super Flyweight or Bantamweight if an opportunity provides it's self.
Also expected on the same card will be Ryo Matsumoto (20-1, 18) [松本亮], Satoshi Shimizu (3-0, 3) [清水 聡], Kazuki Nakajima (0-0) [中嶋一輝], Go Onaga (27-3-3, 18) [翁長 吾央], Katsuya Yasuda [保田克也] and Koki Inoue (7-0, 6) [浩樹井上]
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Back in April we reported that Kazuki Nakajima (0-0) [中嶋一輝] had signed with the Ohashi gym. Today the talented, former amateur star, took part in his protest bout, sparring with upcoming Japanese Super Bantamweight title challenger Ryoichi Tamura (8-2-1, 5) [田村 亮一].
The spar is likely to have lead to Nakajima impressing the JBC enought for them to give him a B class license, something he and those at the Ohashi gym are hoping for.
If, as expected, Nakajima gets his B class license then the plan is for him to debut on June 25th in Tokyo, as part of the show which will be headlined by stable mate Koki Inoue (7-0, 6) [浩樹井上]. That debut will see Nakajima take on a Thai foe, in what should be an easy way to kick off his professional career.
Interestingly the idea seems to be to keep Nakajima busy and his second bout has been pencilled in for August 30th, on a yet to be announced card. Notably this August card also seems likely to feature fellow amateur standout Katsuya Yasuda [保田克也], making his debut, and potentially also a title fight in the main event.
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At the start of April we reported that former amateur stand out former amateur standout Kazuki Nakajima (0-0) [中嶋一輝] had inked a deal with the esteemed Ohashi gym, ahead of his professional debut. At the time of that report little was really known about when Nakajima would take his protest or fight for pay for the first time. Today however we have been given the details for both his pro-test and his debut.
Nakajima will have his protest on May 28th, and unsurprisingly it will be a B class debut as many top amateur fighters in Japan have.
If Nakajima passes his pro-test, as expected, he will make his debut on June 25th as part of "The Boxing Show", a card that is set to be headlined by Koki Inoue (7-0, 6) [浩樹井上].
At the moment an opponent hasn't yet been revealed for either Inoue or Nakajima, but we have been informed that Inoue's bout is set to be a "pre-Japanese title bout", essentially a tune up for a Japanese title bout later in the year.
It was also announced that the June 25th show would be the first at Machida City and would feature guest appearances from WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (12-0, 10) [井上 尚弥], IBF Light Flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi (25-5, 13) [八重樫 東] and 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner Satoshi Shimizu (2-0, 2) [清水 聡], who will all be there to support their stablemates.
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