Earlier today Japanese fight fans saw an announce from Hiroki Ioka who announced a December 29th show headlined by Japanese Light Middlweight champion Yuki Nonaka (30-8-3, 9) [野中 悠樹] who will be returning to the ring for his 6th defense of the title, as he takes on fellow veteran Yosuke Kirima (23-6-2, 16) [切間 庸裕].
For Nonaka the bout will see him attempt to extend a title reign that began back in August 2014 and has seen him defend his title against the likes of Charles Bellamy, Takayuki Hosokawa, Koshinmaru Saito and Ryosuke Maruki. Although those defenses have been good, and have helped him to gain world rankings with both the IBF and WBO, they have seen Nonaka struggle at times and he was certainly fortunate to over-come maruki earlier this year.
For Kirima the bout will be his third shot at a Japanese title, having suffered stoppage losses to both Daisuke Nakagawa and Tadashi Yuba, and his 4th title fight in total, with Kirima also losing in an IPBF Pan Pacific title fight earlier this year.
The fight will be a must win for both with Nonaka heading towards his 40th birthday and Kirima certainly unlikely to rebuild to another title fight if he suffers another defeat here.
On Friday several Japanese fighters are in action on the road, with two fighters in action in South Africa and another in Australia.
The man fighting in Australia is Yosuke Kirima (22-5-2, 15) [切間 庸裕] who faces off against local fighter Michael Zerafa (18-2, 10), the man best known as being "that stripper Peter Quillin fought".
On Thursday the two men weighed in for their bout, which will be for the IBF Pan Pacific Middleweight title, and both made weight.
On the scales Kirima was 158.95lbs, well under the divisional limit, whilst Zerafa was 159.17lbs, also massively under the maximum allowed.
The fight, which takes place in the Melbourne Pavilion, is expected to be a good one, though we must say that Zerafa starts the bout as the favourite with the local crowd likely to be well behind him.
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Earlier today it was revealed that South African Promoter "Golden Gloves" would be returning to Monaco on November 7th. Whilst typically don't get too excited about these Monaco shows, unless they feature Gennady Golovkin, we are actually really interested in this particular card.
One of the bouts announced for the show is set to feature former Japanese Light Middleweight title challenger Yosuke Kirima (21-5-2, 14), who will be facing English power-puncher Adam Etches (19-1, 16) in a Middleweight bout.
Kirima is best known in Japan for twice losing in Japanese title bouts, to Daisuke Nakagawa in 2012 and Tadashi Yuba in 2013. Though has also traveled to Singapore in the past, where he was beaten by the under-rated Filipino Arnel Tinampay. Etches on the other hand was seen as a really promising Middleweight in England, though was upset back in March when Belorussian veteran Sergei Khomitsky stopped him 4 rounds with a KO of the Year contender.
Another bout announced that has interest here will see Kazakhstan's Zhanat Zhakiyanov (25-1, 18) battle against WBA interim Bantamweight champion Yonfrez Parejo (17-1-1, 8), in a bout for Parejo's title. This essentially rules out any possible bout between Zhakiyanov and Suriyan Sor Rungvisai, despite attempts by the Thai's team to get the two men together in a WBC world title eliminator. Presumably we'll see Suriyan's team begin talks with WBC #4 ranked Rodrigo Guerrero for an an eliminator as a result of Zhakiyanov taking this bout.
On paper Zhakiyanov is the more well known man, especially in Europe, though Parejo, from Venezuela, shouldn't be taken lightly and has run up 6 wins since being stopped back in March 2012. Given Parejo's sole loss saw him being bounced off the canvas by Hugo Ruiz we wouldn't be shocked to see Zhakiyanov being too powerful, however the Kazakh is technically quite crude and limited.
A third bout to feature an Asian fighter will see WBC Silver Super Bantamweight champion Qiu Xiao Jun (17-2, 7) defending his belt against Frenchman Amor Belahdj Ali (14-3-1-1, 2). Jun, who is very highly ranked by the WBC enters this bout on a 9 fight winning streak, including stoppage wins over Silvester Lopez and Jonathan Baat, and despite being the highest ranked Chinese fighter he hasn't caught the public's attention. Ali on the other hand is 2-2-0-1 in his last 5, including a loss in a European Union title fight, to Sergio Prado and a loss to Zsolt Bedak in a WBO European title fight. Despite those losses he has won and defended the French national title.
The card may not be a super card but it's great to see the international feel to the card, and hopefully various TV companies world wide will pick up the card that promises so much.
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