On Wednesday at the Korakuen Hall, and live on Boxingraise, fans saw Chinese fighter Xian Qian Wei (13-7-1, 1) [韦宪钱] suffer his first stoppage loss, retiring after the first round of his bout with Shun Wakabayashi (9-3, 2) [若林駿].
At first it was unclear why Wei, who had gotten a reputation as a tough fighter, even if he lacked power, had retired. Today however we were given the reason why, an horrifically fracture to his nose, suffered in the first round.
Wakabayashi, who had previously beaten Chinese fighters Dong Chaun and Chunlei Lin in China, had landed a real cracker on to the nose of Wei who later went to hospital to get the nose looked at.
It wasn't clearly visible on the stream, but now given the evidence we completely understand why he didn't want to go on, as he'd have had up to 7 rounds with the injury, which as we can see in the image, is genuinely nasty.
Earlier this year Chinese fighter Xian Qian Wei (9-6-1, 1) [魏谦祥], lost a couple of WBC regional titles to Japanese fighter Takafumi Nakajima (25-7-1, 10) [中嶋孝文 ] in a bout in Lu Zhou. The bout, which took place as part of the Chinese New Year shows, was the only loss on the February 12th show for a Chinese fighter, with the locals sweeping the other 4 bouts on the card.
Now, according to several Japanese sources, Nakajima will head back to China to give Wei a chance to reclaim the titles from him.
The sources have informed us that the bout will take place on April 27th in Chongqing.
Sadly whilst we have been made aware of this one bout the show it's self hasn't been announced, so the under-card bouts, at least for now, are unknown though there is hope that one of the bigger names of Chinese boxing will be in action. It does however remain to be seen who else will be on the card.
For those who missed the first bout we have included the video of it below.
Chinese fighters had a good day today picking up a number of victories on a card that was put together to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
Despite a good day, there was some negatives for the day, including a loss for Xian Qian Wei (9-6-1, 1) [魏谦祥], who lost the WBC Asian Boxing Council Featherweight and WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council Featherweight titles via decision to Japan's Takafumi Nakajima (25-7-1, 10) [中嶋孝文 ].
The experienced Nakajima, who was fighting outside of Japan for the first time, looked like a man who hadn't travelled to pick up a check and instead looked like a man determined to claim a title, and one of his most notable wins to date. That determination saw him fighting at a higher pace than Wei who often looked like he was unable to match the veteran, despite the fact Wei is 10 years Nakajima's junior.
There were good moments for the local but they were few and far between with Nakajima often walking him back and out landing him whilst making the most of his experience.
Come the final bell the big question was not who deserved the win but who had the judges scored the bout for. Thankfully they got it right, with all 3 siding with the Japanese visitor, with scores of 96-94, 98-92, twice.
A relieved looking Nakajima seemed to take a second to allow the scores to set in before celebrating with his newly won title belts.
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