Earlier this week we saw the Hiroki Ioka Gym reveal that they would be hosting Champ Fight Vol 6 at the EDION Arena Osaka on December 28th. They haven't yet announced the full card, though tickets did go on sale back on November 5th.
At the moment there are a few details that we have had confirmed in regards to who will be on the card.
One fighter confirmed for the show is OPBF ranked Welterweight hopeful Rikuto Adachi (11-1, 8) [安達陸仁], who is expecting a title fight next year. We're not expecting him to be tested, but just have a tick over fight after his October win over Filipino Jonel Dapidran (10-3, 6). Another fighter confirmed for the card is former Japanese and OPBF Light Middleweight champion Yuki Nonaka (32-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹], though again his opponent for the show hasn't been announced.
The one bout that has been confirmed is a Middleweight bout between Andre Takehara Jr (1-0, 1) [アンドレ竹原ジュニア] and Katsuhiro Nakata (1-0, 1) [中田勝浩]
Earlier this year Yuki Nonaka (32-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] suffered a major career set back as he lost in an IBF world title eliminator against Takeshi Inoue. Rather than retire Nonaka has continued his career at the age of 40 and today he was in the ring for the first time since that defeat.
The former Japanese and OPBF Light Middleweight champion was in action at the EDION Arena, Osaka and he took on 19 year old Thai Middleweight champion Natthawut Masamin (6-3, 4) in an 8 rounder.
On paper the bout looked like a mismatch, in the ring however it proved to be pretty competitive with the Thai youngster not travelling to just roll over to his more experienced foe.
Nonaka looked to land straight left hands on his younger foe, using feints to create openings whilst the Thai attempted to land right hooks in an awkward battle of southpaws. It made it hard to split the mean early on as neither had a great deal of success. That however began to change as the fight went on, with Nonaka taking control in the middle rounds, as he upped the pressure and forced the Thai on to the back foot.
In the end Nonaka managed to take the decision with scores of 77-75 an 79-74, twice, in his favour, but he did fail to shine.
At thew same event former OPBF Super Featherweight champion Masao Nakamura (24-3, 23) [仲村 正男] scored a 5th round TKO win over Marbon Bodiongan (14-8-2, 11), who retired in his corner at the end of the 5th round. Prior to the Filipino retiring he had been on the wrong end of some pretty solid blows and had had very limited success of his own.
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Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw an IBF Light Middleweight title eliminator for the #2 world ranking as two Japanese fighters traded blows in a bloody, enthralling and excellent contest.
The bout saw the unbeaten Takeshi Inoue (13-0-1, 7) [井上 岳志] maintain his great run of form as he over-came veteran Yuki Nonaka (31-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] in an excellent 12 round contest.
The bout began with Inoue being kept at some range in the opening round, with Nonaka showing his experience and relaxed nature in the ring. Despite the solid start from Nonaka it wasn't long until Inoue amped up the pressure, cut the distance and begane to work up close. Nonaka fought back hard, having success with counter shots, but was unable to keep up the pace with Inoue who took the lead after 3 rounds with his aggression.
Nonaka fought back well in the middle rounds, as he began to take control of the distance again, but it wasn't to last long with his older legs slowing in the second half of the fight as his eyes both began to bleed from the shots to his head. Nonaka managed to cut Inoue, following an accidental head clash in round 9, and both men were freely flowing claret.
Nonaka gritted his teeth and attempted to battle his way back intp the bout late, having an excellent round 10 and 11, but in the end Inoue's youthfulness saw him claim the final round to nattowly over-come the 40 year old Nonak with scores of 116-113, 116-112 and 115-113.
With this win Inoue becomes the IBF #2 ranked fighter at 154lbs and will no be looking for a final eliminator, before getting a world title fight in the next 12-18 months. For Nonaka this loss is likely to be the end of his career.
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Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will see an IBF Light Middleweight eliminator for the #2 world ranking. The bout in question will see the unbeaten Takeshi Inoue (12-0-1, 7) [井上 岳志] battle against veteran Yuki Nonaka (31-9-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] in a really attractive and interesting match up.
Today the two men made weight, and both men came in bang on the 154lb limit, with both seeming confident and really eager for the bout.
Inoue, the younger man by 12 years, spoke about regularly fighting men taller than himself in the amateur and doesn't seem like he's got any concerns about the the fact he is 4" shorter than Nonaka. After his stellar 2017, in which he unified the Japanese, OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific titles, he is clearly riding some momentum and is seemingly already looking forward to a final eliminator.
The 40 year old Nonaka, who will be fighting at the Korakuen Hall for the first time since since beating Kazuhiko Hidaka back in June 2009, seemed to be fully aware about how good Inoue is, but seems to feel like he has prepared well and stated he would win tomorrow's bout.
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Less than 2 weeks ago we reported that talented Japanese hopeful Takeshi Inoue (12-0-1, 7) [井上 岳志] had chosen to vacate the Japanese Light Middleweight title, as he prioritised moving towards a worled title ahead of defending the domestic crown. The decision from Inoue was that instead of making a mandatory defense of the domestic title he would instead defend his OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific titles on April 26th in an IBF world title eliminator against veteran Yuki Nonaka (31-9-3, 10) [野中 悠樹].
As a result of Inoue's decision it forced a cancellation of the previously announced Champion Carnival bout against former Japanese Welterweight champion Nobuyuki Shindo (19-4-1, 8) [新藤寛之], which was originallyed scheduled for the April 26th date that the Inoue Vs Nonaka bout ended up taking.
Today it was announced that Shindo would still bhe getting his shot at the Japanese Light Middleweight title, bout would have to wait until May 15th, which is when he will face Ryosuke Maruki (15-4-1, 10) [丸木 凌介] for the vacant title.
For Shindo the bout is a chance to become a 2-weight Japanese champion, and build on back to back stoppage wins over Sanosuke Sasaki and Cobra Suwa. For Maruki the bout will be his second shot at the Japanese Light Middleweight title, following a close loss to the aforementioned Nonaka back in 2016. Since his loss to Noanaka we've seen a rampant Maruki score 3 straight stoppages, and the 26 year old is looking like a force to be reckoned with on the domestic scene.
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