A few days ago we reported that Yuki Nonaka (33-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] would be defending the OPBF Middleweight title against Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (11-4, 10) [細川チャーリー忍]. Those plans changed when Nonaka decided to vacate the title, with suggestions being that he has received a better offer for a bigger fighter instead of keeping the Oriental title.
When Nonaka vacated it was unclear who would fill in, and who Hosokawa would eventually end up fighting, though it seemed unlikely to be a stellar opponent, given the relatively short notice, and instead it seemed like he would take on a limited imported fighter, happy with the opportunity.
Sources are now reporting that it won't be a limited international fighter facing Hosokawa for the OPBF title, but will instead be hard hitting Middleweight Koki Tyson (14-3-2, 12) [太尊 康輝], himself a former OPBF champion who lost the belt in controversial fashion to Yasuyuki Akiyama, who actually lost the belt to Hosokawa last year.
If we do, as the sources are suggesting, get Hosokawa Vs Tyson it's a bout that promises to be very explosive. Hosokawa is an all action swarmer, with a lot of power whilst the naturally bigger Tyson is a boxer-puncher, and given that both have a lot of belief in their power we should be in for something very, very special.
Interestingly Hosokawa's brother Valentine Hosokawa is actually a stablemate of Nonaka's at the Kadoebi Gym, and this would be Tyson's first big bout since joining up with the Kadoebi stable in late 2018, when he left the Mutoh gym. It will also be Hosokawa's first bout since losing to Yuki Nonaka earlier this year.
At the moment the bout is yet to be confirmed, but confirmation is expected in the coming hours.
Just days after being informed that Yuki Nonaka (33-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] would be defending the OPBF Middleweight title against former foe Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (11-4, 10) [細川チャーリー忍] plans have changed, and Nonaka has now vacated the title.
Originally Nonaka was to defend against Hosokawa in early July, giving Hosokawa a chance to reclaim the title he had lost in February, though things have changed and Nonaka officially vacated the title yesterday. This was clarified by several sources, including the Kaneko Gym who had set the bout as the main event of their Golden Child 126 card.
At the moment no official reason has been given for the decision, though speculation is that the 41 year old veteran may be on the verge of a much bigger fight than a rematch with the hard hitting Hosokawa.
Although the bout is off the plan is to still have Hosokawa fight for the title on July 9th at Korakuen Hall, with a new opponent being sought for the stone fisted Kaneko gym fighter. We hope to have new on his opponent, and on Nonaka's next bout, in the coming days.
Back in February Japanese Yuki Nonaka (33-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] rolled back the clock and defeated hard hitting Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (11-4, 10) [細川チャーリー忍], at the age of 41. With the win Nonaka claimed both the OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight titles, dethroning Hosokawa and proving there is still life left in his career.
Today we were informed that the two men will be meeting once again on July 9th, with Hosokawa looking to reclaim his titles.
Their first bout took pace in Osaka, giving Nonaka the home advantage. This rematch however will take place at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, giving the former champion the advantage, with what will be his 15th bout in the Holy Land of Japanese boxing. That advantage for Hosokawa is really worth noting when you consider that Nonaka is 3-3 at the venue through his long career.
A win for Nonaka is expected to give his career a real push towards one final big bout, though it's fair to suggest that he would have preferred to have avoided a rematch to have a big fight instead if one was available. For Hosokawa it's a chance to reclaim the gold he lost to Nonaka, and avenge a loss. Interestingly this will be the second time Hosokawa has rematched someone he has previously been beaten by, with his previous rematch being a stoppage win over Yasuyuki Akiyama, who had beaten him in 2017.
The under-card for this show will include Kazuki Saito (6-1, 5) [斎藤一貴] and Sonin Nihei (9-3-2, 1) [仁平 宗忍]
Back in February we saw 41 year old Yuki Nonaka (33-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] defeat hard hitting Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (11-4, 10) [細川チャーリー忍] to claim the OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight titles. Today Nonaka had a chance to take those titles to see the mayor of Amagasaki in a special meeting.
The veteran fighter met with Kazumi Inamura, who posed with the OPBF belt, and spoke about his dream to fight for a world title. He explained that he had twice lost in world title eliminators, but he was still hungry for a world title fight, despite his age.
Although the meeting wasn't too serious from a boxing standout it did see Nonaka reveal that he is expecting to return to the ring in July or August, so we'll be expecting to hear more about that shortly, and we suspect he'll be looking to defend his regional titles in that return bout.
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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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