The idea that age is just a number rarely seems to apply in boxing, with father time defeating pretty much every fighter, sooner or later. To the 41 year old Yuki Nonaka (33-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] father time doesn't seem to apply, and today he showed, even at an advanced age, that he was still a fantastic fighter, capable of beating heavy handed and younger fighters.
The talented Nonaka, a true veteran, was up against the hard hitting Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (11-4, 10) [細川チャーリー忍], who had travelled to Osaka in an attempt to record his first defense of the OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight titles.
On paper it looked like the hard hitting fighter, himself 34, was coming to feast on a notable foe, travelling to improve his name around the country and potentially move towards bigger and better fights. To Nonaka however the contest was about proving he was still credible force at Middleweight, like he had been at Light Middleweight.
It was clear that Nonaka was the quicker, sharper fighter almost immediately as he used his jab and controlled range through much of the first round. At the end of the opening stanza a counter from Nonaka sent the crowd crazy as Hosokawa was dropped, securing a big 10-8 round for the challenger. Hosokawa would bounce back in round 2, applying more intense pressure, forcing Nonaka to work harder to create space. It lead to some really interesting rounds as Hosokawa's energy and aggression went straight up against Nonaka's foot work, timing and counter punching.
After 6 rounds the judges score cards were announced publicly, and they were 57-56, twice, and 58-55 all in favour of Nonaka. Despite being down it seemed like Hosokawa was in the ascendancy, taking round 5 on all 3 cards and also looking like the man who had won round 6, that was despite being cut from an accidental headclash in round 5.
Sadly for Hosokawa his pressure failed to pay dividends in the second half of the fight as Nonaka used his legs brilliantly to control the range and tempo, keeping Hosokawa at the end of his straight shots and using the size of the ring fantastically. This movement of Nonaka had seen him take rounds 7 and 8 with no argument, ans also take round 9 on two of the scorecards as his lead extended. The one respite for Hosokawa was securing a 10-8 in round 10, when Nonaka was deducted deducted a point for spitting out his mouth piece. It wasn't to be enough for Hosokawa, who was unable to get a break through in the final 2 rounds.
After 12 rounds it seemed like a close but clear win for Nonaka, who would get the decision with scores of 114-112, twice, and 115-111.
With the win Nonaka set a Japanese male record for the oldest champion at regional level. Amazingly he is 12 years old than the age that his manager, Hiroki Ioka, retired at. Ioka, a 2-weight world champion and the uncle of Kazuto Ioka, seemed incredibly impressed by his charge and his energy at such an advanced age. Hosokawa cut a frustrated figure at times, and seemed to realise that the footwork of Nonaka had been too good. It was however a clear learning experience for Hosokawa, who will have learned more in this loss than he has from any of his other pro bouts.
For fans wanting to watch this bout, it will be added to Boxing Raise in the coming days.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Osaka will get the chance to see an excellent match up between hard hitting Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (11-3, 10) [細川チャーリー忍] and skilled veteran Yuki Nonaka (32-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹].
The fight will see Hosokawa look to make his first defense of the WBO Asia Pacific and OPBF Middleweight titles whilst Nonaka will be looking to rebuild following 2 losses in his last 3, including a defeat to Takeshi Inoue in a world title eliminator.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both men looked in great shape whilst making the 160lb limit.
On the scales Hosokawa was the lighter man, weighing in at 159.2lbs, well under the limit. Nonaka, who really made his name at Light Middleweight, was notably heavier at 159.6lbs, though still comfortably under the limit.
At the weigh in both men sounded confident. Hosokawa predicted a KO win, aiming to score it within 6 rounds. Nonaka was was more calm and sedated, but stated that he was focused on winning, and still seems to have hope of moving on to a world title in the future.
For fans wanting to watch this bout, it will be available on delay on Boxing Raise.
Related - Regional champion Hosokawa takes on veteran Nonaka!
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Back in early November Yuki Nonaka (32-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] was among the names linked to a December 28th card in Osaka. His name however was removed soon after the line up was revealed, with no details given at the time.
Today he was part of a press conference with others from the Hiroki Ioka Boxing Gym to announce that his plans had changed. Rather than fighting a stay busy bout in December he would instead be fighting in a much bigger bout in February, as he looks to reclaim titles.
The former Japanese and OPBF Light Middleweight champion announced that he would be fighting on February 24th against the hard hitting Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (11-3, 10) [細川チャーリー忍], who will be looking to make his first defense of the WBO Asia Pacific and OPBF Middleweight titles.
The bout will be on Ioka promoted card at the EDION Arena Osaka and if Nonaka wins he he would be taking titles at the age of 41. It is however a very dangerous bout and Hosokawa, whilst crude, is very powerful, very energetic and very strong. Nonaka and his team admitted that Hosokawa was a physical fighter, but seem like they are crafting a smart game plan to over-come the champion.
At the moment there are no other bouts confirmed for the card, but this is a fantastic main event, and we are really hoping Boxingraise will get the show in the new year.
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Earlier today fans at the Korakuen Hall got a very short card featuring just 3 bouts, due to the fact a couple of the originally scheduled bouts were cancelled.
The main event of the card was a bout for the unified OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight titles, as veteran Yasuyuki Akiyama (12-8-1, 9) [秋山 泰幸] looked to make his first defense of the belts. Sadly for Akiyama he would fail, suffering an 11th round stoppage loss to the hard hitting and determined Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (11-3, 10) [細川チャーリー忍], who recorded his biggest win to date.
The bout was the second between the two men, with the first having been a narrow decision win for Akiyama around 18 months ago in an 8 rounder. This time however there no need for judging with the bout failing to reach the final bell, with Hosokawa not risking another loss at the hands of the judges.
The bout started at a great pace with Akiyama looking to establish his jab and Hosokawa looking to get inside. It lead to some great back and forth action, though Akiyama was just doing that little bit more in the eyes of the judges, with two of them having the bout 39-37 to the champion, whilst the third judge had the bout even at 38-38.
In the middle rounds Hosokawa picked up the pace, and although he didn't take over the bout completely he did begin to break Akiyama down, with heavy shots as he controlled the pace. Akiyama was further set back with a head clash leaving him cut around the right eye. After 8 rounds, when the scores were announced again two of the judges had the bout even at 76-76, whilst the other judge now had Hosokawa in the lead, 77-75.
Hosokawa would ramp up the pace even more from round 9, fighting like a man who didn't want to let the judged get involve. Akiyama tried fighting back, and this lead to some incredible back and forth action, despite both looking exhausted. Hosokawa would get through with a solid body shot and a follow up attack forced the referee to jump in and save Akiyama.
With this win Hosokawa not only claims two regional titles but also sets up a potential down with national champion Kazuto Takesako (9-0, 9) [竹迫司登] for all the marbles on the regional and domestic scene. He also gains revenge for one of his losses and clearly eyes more gold, suggesting he was going to win a world title for his mother, who joined him in the ring after the bout. As for Akiyama this is probably the end of his career, given he turns 39 in October.
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Tomorrow at the Korakuen Hall fight fans will be able to see OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight champion Yasuyuki Akiyama (12-7-1, 9) [秋山 泰幸] make his first defense of the title, as he takes on the heavy handed Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (10-3, 9) [細川チャーリー忍], in what will be the second meeting between the two men.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both fighters made weight, whilst looking in great shape and very serious for a potentially explosive rematch.
In their first meeting Akiyama took a narrow win over Hosokawa, and followed that up with his career defining title win last time out, stopping Koki Tyson in December 2017 for unified regional titles. On the scales today he was 159.4lbs which is heavier than he was in his title win, but lighter than he was in the first meeting with Hosokawa, in March 2017.
Hosokawa on the other hand was 159lbs, which is marginally lighter than he was against Akiyama, but is around his usual weight, which fluctuates between 158lbs and 160lbs. Interestingly he has scored 4 straight stoppage wins since losing to Akiyama 18 months ago.
Related- Regional champion Akiyama looks for a repeat against had hitting Hosokawa!
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