Last October we saw the professional debut of former Japanese amateur standout Mikito Nakano (1-0, 1) [中野幹士], who stopped Thai foe Thanawat Yancharoen in the second round of their scheduled 6 round bout. It's now been announced that he has been added to the January 2nd Dynamic Glove card for what will be his second professional contest.
As an amateur Nakano went 68-9 (48) and he is tipped to be one the future stars of the Teiken gym, with many both inside and outside the gym speaking incredibly highly of him, his skills and his ring IQ.
At the moment no real details have been released about the contest, but they are expected to be revealed over the coming days. What we do know is that the youngster has been added to a card that had already garnered interest for 2 other reasons.
One of those reason was that the show will feature the ring return of Kenichi Ogawa (22-1-0-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] following a 12 month ban for failing a drug test. He will be up against Roldan Aldea (12-6-1, 6), with Ogawa fight for the first time December 2017.
The other reason is that we will see a new Japanese Flyweight champion being crowned, as Junto Nakatani (17-0, 12) [中谷 潤人] and Naoki Mochizuki (15-3, 8) [望月直樹] fight for the vacant title, which was recently given up by Masayuki Kuroda (30-7-3, 16) [黒田 雅之].
Earlier today we saw the main bouts for February Dynamic Glove card being released, one of which is a bout for the vacant Japanese Flyweight, between #1 ranked Junto Nakatani (17-0, 12) [中谷 潤人] and #6 ranked Naoki Mochizuki (15-3, 8) [望月直樹].
The unbeaten Nakatani earned his shot at the Japanese title when he beat former OPBF title challenger OPBF title challenger Shun Kosaka [小坂駿] back in October. At that time the reigning champion was Masayuki Kuroda (30-7-3, 16) [黒田 雅之], though Kuroda has recently vacated the title to pursue an IBF title fight in the new year, and will not be competing at the Champion Carnival, where Nakatani will fight for the belt.
So far Nakatani has won the Rookie of the Year, the Japanese Youth title and broken into the world rankings in what has been a very impressive and exciting climb up the rankings.
Mochizuki has gotten this shot somewhat down to circumstances as opposed to merit. Recently the #2 ranked Katsunori Nagamine (15-2-1, 11) [長嶺克則] announced his retirement and the others in the top 5 , including Kosaka, are either unavailable or not wanting to fight Nakatani for the belt with such a short notice period. This leaves Mochizuki as the top willing contender. Coming into this the 24 year old from the Yokohama Hikari gym has had a string of tough fights, including a barn burn in October with Seiya Fujikita, and holds notable career wins over Fujikita as well Yusuke Sakashita.
Despite not being the top contender Mochizuki has proven to be tough, going 12 hard rounds with Eaktwan BTU Ruaviking, aka Komgrich Nantapech, last year in an IBF Pan Pacific title fight.
The bout is set to be the chief support bout on the card, below Kenichi Ogawa's (22-1-0-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] bout with Roldan Aldea (12-6-1, 6), which will be Ogawa's first bout since failing a drug's test in December 2017.
The bout will take place on February 2nd at the Korakuen Hall and will be broadcast by G+, with a live broadcast currently being expected.
On December 12th Japan's Kenichi Ogawa (22-1-0-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] finished his 1 year suspension from the JBC for failing a drug's test in December 2017, following his IBF title bout with Tevin Farmer. He made it clear that he would be returning to the ring when that suspension was served, but it wasn't unclear on when he would be back in action.
Today things have been made clear, with Ogawa being announced as the headliner for February's Dynamic glove card, being held on February 2nd at the Korakuen Hall.
Ogawa's return will be taking place at 132lbs and will see the former Japanese Super Featherweight champion battle against 24 year old Filipino southpaw Roldan Aldea (12-6-1, 6), who won the GAB Lightweight title this past February.
The Filipino is coming into this bout on the back of successive losses, coming up short to Shawn Oda and Xiangxiang Sun, but proved his toughness in both of those bouts by not only going the distance but also pushing both men in competitive bouts. Ogawa on the other hand is coming into the fight having not fought since the Farmer bout, and hasn't fought in Japan since July 2017, when he defended the Japanese title against Hirotsugu Yamamoto.
The bout will be shown on G+, along with the whole card which is currently expected to be broadcast live.
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A year ago we saw Kenichi Ogawa (22-1-0-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] score a controversial win over Tevin Farmer to claim the IBF Super Featherweight title, a win that was later over-turned due to Ogawa failing a drugs test.
As a result of the drugs test saw the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) give him a 6 month suspension from fighting in Nevada, which ended this past June. The JBC however gave him a 12 month ban, with that ban only ending today, a year after the bout with Farmer.
The JBC's harsh punishment was due to them regarding the incident as "an act of severely destroying social credit", or essentially damaging the sports reputation. He was the first Japanese fighter to be given a punishment for failing a drugs test at world title level, and it seemed clear the JBC wanted to make an example of him and make it clear that testing positive wasn't going to be taken lightly in the future.
It should be noted that although Ogawa did test positive for synthetic testosterone it's thought the offending chemicals were in a skin medication he was taking for a medical issue.
It's unclear when Ogawa will return, but he now has permission to fight again and we're expecting a ring return in early to mid 2019.
Last December Kenichi Ogawa (22-1-0-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] scored a controversial win over Tevin Farmer to claim the IBF Super Featherweight title. That win was later erased with Ogawa failing a drugs test and being stripped of the title. He would later be fined and suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) who gave him a 6 month suspension from fighting in Nevada again until June this year.
Today the JBC held their own meeting in regards to the case, and came down hard on Ogawa than the NSAC did by handing him a 1 year ban, starting from on December 10th 2017.
The decision was made by a JBC ethics committee and it was explained that ban has come due to the damage to the social credibility of boxing, which has taken a big hit in Japan over the last 12 months in part due to multiple weight failures. From what we understrand it is the first ever time a Japanese fighter has been banned by the JBC for a drug violation.
The JBC also came down hard on Akihiko Honda, the chairman of Teiken, and Koji Tanaka, Ogawa's trainer.
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