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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Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw a bout between two Japanese ranked Middleweight's.
The bout saw Yasuyuki Akiyama (11-7-1, 8) [秋山 泰幸] narrowly over-come Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (6-3, 5) [細川チャーリー忍] to take a step towwards getting a second Japanese title fight.
The heavy handed Hosokawa started well and took control of the bout early on, but his success seemed to only make Akiyama grit his teeth. Sadly for Hosokawa by round 4 he was starting to look tired, his quick start was coming at a cost and it was givign Akiyama a lot of chances to land his shots, and control the pace.
With Hosokawa slowing he was essentuially doing more to survive than to win the rounds giving Akiyama a chance to reun out to a lead, which he kept to the final bell, winning a winning a majority decision with scores of 77-75, 77-75 and 76-76.
The win for Akiyama saw him end a 3 fight losing run whilst Hosokawa's sees a 4 fight winning run come to an end here. Essentially this could well see Akiyama getting a second title shot before the end of the year.
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