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.
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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 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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