According to several reliable international sources a deal is close to being made for Japanese Super Featherweight puncher Masao Nakamura (22-3, 21) [仲村 正男] to get his first world title fight, with the "KO King" set to face off with WBA "super" champion Jezreel Corrales (22-1-0-1, 8), who looks set to return to Japan following his shock win over Takashi Uchiyama [内山 高志] earlier this year.
Concrete details at the moment are scarce but it seems like the two men will be facing off in August, in Japan, with a lot of noise suggesting the bout has got a concrete data and venue.
Although not yet confirmed the strong suggestion is that Japanese promoter Watanabe will be using their option on Corrales to bring him back over for their August 31st card at the Ota Ward Gymnasium. That card is already confirmed to feature WBA Super Flyweight champion Kohei Kono (32-8-1, 13) [河野 公平] and WBA Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (24-2-1, 11) [田口良一].
Although the bout would mean that Watanabe couldn't enforce a rematch between Corrales and Uchiyama, though of course money talks if they do wish to pursue that bout, it would allow Watanabe to post a triple title show at the end of August and potentially add a big draw match up.
If Nakamura was to upset Corrales it would open up doors for him to get a long awaited showdown with Uchiyama, a bout that Nakamura had called for numerous times in recent years, whilst a win for Corrales would likely strengthen his position for further fights in Japan, where the 130lb division is red hot.
Earlier today at the Sumiyoshi Ward Center in Osaka City fans saw the exciting "KO Machine" Masao Nakamura (22-3, 21) [仲村 正男] record his 21st stoppage win as he destroyed Thai visitor San Saknarong (3-6, 1) in 2 rounds, to record a 4th successive victory and take a huge step towards a major bout.
The former OPBF Super Featherweight champion looked sharper than usual from the off with his jab looking excellent and landing almost at will through the opening round. That jab opened up opportunities in round 2 as he began to land his thunderous power shots, which dropped San hard. The Thai's fighting heart saw him try to beat the count but his body was unable to get up with the stoppage coming at the 1 minute 42 second mark of the second round.
Following the bout Nakamura stated that he was wanting to fight for a world title this year, and would travel anywhere to face anyone for a world title. At the moment he is only world ranked by the IBF, though we wouldn't be shocked to see him move into the lower echelons of the other rankings if a champion was happy to face him in the near future.
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Earlier today our Thai friends informed us that it was going to be a Thai fighter battling against Japanese youngster Koki Tyson* (9-2-1, 9) [太尊 康輝] for the WBC Youth Middleweight title on April 17th.
The Thai's have informed us that the fighter facing "Tyson" will be Petchsuriya Singwancha (15-11, 8) [เพชรสุริยา สิงห์วังชา], a man that Tyson brutally stopped in 4 rounds back in November 2014.
For the Japanese 23 year old this bout is his first since being stopped, in 7 rounds, last year by the then OPBF and JBC Middleweight champion Akio Shibata. That loss was a really poor one from "Tyson" who had struggled to even take a round from the then champion, who used his movement and jab to almost control the youngster.
As for Petchsuriya this bout comes in the wake of his loss to Kerry Hope in Hong Kong last August. That bout was originally scored in favour of the Thai but the WBC, who for once did the rigth thing, reviewed the footage of the bout and over-ruled the official decision giving Petchsuriya a 12 round decision loss to the Australian based Welshman.
The bout will be the main event of a card that does look like a genuinely good one for Japanese fans at the Sumiyoshi Ward Center.
In the best of the supporting bouts Japanese based Filipino Mark John Yap (23-12, 10) will face former multi-time world title challenger Hiroyuki Hisataka (24-14-1, 10) [久高 寛之] in an exciting looking rematch, whilst support bouts will feature Masao Nakamura (21-3, 20) [仲村 正男] and the very promising Masahiro Sakamoto (6-0, 4) [坂本 真宏].
*Koki Tyson has previously gone by the names Koki Tyson Maebara, and Muhamad Tyson Koki
Over the weekend it was revealed that there was an intriguing sparring session in the US.
That session saw OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (11-0, 6) [中谷 正義] share the ring with former OPBF Super Featherweight champion Masao Nakamura (21-3, 20) [仲村 正男].
The two men appear to have shared an enjoyable session together though though it's clear there was more to it than just enjoying a fun spar, in fact both men have fights set up, in fact both will be in action on April 17th at the EDION Arena Osaka.
For Nakatani the upcoming bout sees him defending his OPBF title against the big punching Tosho Makoto Aoki (20-13-2, 17) [闘将青木誠]. The bout is viewed as a mismatch but Nakatani is taking his preparations seriously and training with Nakamura will help him prepare for the power and strength of Aoki, a crude but very strong fighter.
Nakamura's bout is less notable, but he'll have used the spar to sharpen his skills and help prepare, not just for the April 17th bout but also for future bouts, which are likely to include either an OPBF or a Japanese title fight before the year is over.
(Image courtesy of Nakatani's blog)
Earlier today Japanese promotion Mutoh Gym announced their next show, which is set to take place in Osaka on April 17th.
The announcement included details of several bouts, including the main event which will see the heavy handed Koki Tyson Maebara (9-2-1,9) [前原 太尊・康輝] fighting for the WBC Youth Middleweight title. At the moment Maebara's opponent hasn't been named though it does sound like the bout will be for the vacant title. This will be Maebara's first bout since being stopped by Akio Shibata late last year in an OPBF/JBC title fight.
Other bouts announced for the show includes a brilliant match up between Masahiro Sakamoto (6-0, 4) [坂本 真宏], who claimed the Rookie of the Year crown at Flyweight last year, facing off against the much more experienced Atsushi Aburada (10-9, 6) [油田 京士], in a bout between Japanese ranked fighters, rematch between Japanese based Filipino Mark John Yap (23-12, 10) and former multi-time world title challenger Hiroyuki Hisataka (24-14-1, 10) [久高 寛之] and a bout featuring the heavy handed and exciting Masao Nakamura (21-3, 20) [仲村 正男].
The card will be exciting and promises a lot on paper for fans in Osaka who look liek they will be in for another treat.
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