Tomorrow we'll see WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight champion Yuki Nonaka (33-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] make his first defense of the title title, as he takes on South Korean puncher Yang Hyun Min (8-2, 7) [양현민].
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in for the contest and both men made the 160lb Middleweight limit.
On the scales Nonaka came in at around 159.6lbs, and looked strong and powerful on the scales. Min was much lighter, at 158.1lbs.
At the weigh in both fighters spoke about winning, though it's clear that Nonaka enters a big favourite. Despite being the wrong side of 40 Nonaka has the edge in skills, experience and still looks much better than many younger fighters. The move up in weight, from Light Middleweight to Middleweight, is also likely to have given Nonaka's career some extra legs, even after 46 bouts many of which have been at national or regional title level.
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In August Boxing Raise, sadly, under-delivered. For September however it looks like they are looking to make up for that a poor month with 9 cards in total being added to their service, including 4 that are going to be made free to none member and 5 that are members only, with 1 card being live.
The first of the cards will be the September 12th Victoriva 5 show, featuring 2 female world title fights. The service will then get 5 of the cards from from September 15th and 16th. On paper those cards aren't amazing, but 2 of them are Rookie of the Year cards, which will be available for free, another is headlined by Masanori Rikiishi (6-1, 4) [佐藤政法] battling Freddy Fonseca (27-3-1, 18) and another will be headlined by WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight champion Yuki Nonaka (33-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] defending against South Korean puncher Yang Hyun Min (8-2, 7) [양현민].
Those shows are expected to be posted through the month, despite all taking place in such a limited amount of time.
We get the one live card for the month on September 21st and it's a cracker. It will feature a Japanese Super Bantamweight title bout, pitting champion Yusaku Kuga (18-3-1, 11) [久我勇作] against Yosuke Fujihara (18-6, 5) [藤原陽介], a WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title fight between Tsubasa Murachi (4-0, 3) [村地翼] and former world title challenger Froilan Saludar (30-3-1, 21), and an excellent Japanese title eliminator between Kai Ishizawa (6-0, 6) [石澤開] and former world title challenger Masataka Taniguchi (11-3, 7) [谷口 将隆]. This is a great card, and we're incredibly grateful for the fact it will be streamed live.
We then end the month with two more Rookie shows, that will be made free to view, likely in early October.
This is a great month to be a subscriber, and a great month even if your not, thanks to all the free content the service is making available!
Back on August 8th we reported that WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight champion Yuki Nonaka (33-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] would be making his first defense on September 16th against South Korean Korean puncher Yang Hyun Min (8-2, 7) [양현민].
Today that bout was officially announced at Nonaka held a press conference to announce the contest.
The 41 year old Japanese fighter won the belt earlier this year, when he also won the OPBF title with a decision win over Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa in February, setting a record for the oldest Japanese male to win a notable title. Nonaka's win saw him beating the record that had been set by Yoshinori Nishizawa, who won the OPBF Light Heavyweight title in 2006 when he was 40.
The plan had been for Nonaka to vacate the OPBF title hoping to get a world ranking with the WBO thanks to their regional title. That appears to have failed so now he's scheduled his first defense, albeit against a relative unknown.
At today's event Nonaka revealed that he is working out incredibly hard for the bout, and is determined to not only take home the win when he faces the Korean in the hope of securing a WBO ranking and a world title fight, even at such and advanced age. Against Min he's planning to use his footwork and show the skills that has given his career such longevity.
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Earlier this month we reported that WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight champion Yuki Nonaka (33-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] would be making his first defense on September 16th at the EDION Arena Osaka, as part of "Champ Fight Vol 9". At that point we weren't aware of who his opponent would be.
Today we found out that his opponent for the bout has been named as South Korean Korean puncher Yang Hyun Min (8-2, 7) [양현민], who will be looking to claim his third title, following wins for the South Korean Middleweight and WBA Asia Middleweight titles.
The talented Nonaka will be looking to make his first defense, following his big title win earlier in the year against Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa, and at the age of 41 he really has shown what simple commitment to his craft and being technically well schooled can do for a fighters longevity. With 46 bouts to his name Nonaka has typically avoided wars, relying on textbook skills and really good basics to have regular success on the regional and national scenes.
Min on the other hand is a bit of an unknown but his record suggests that can certainly punch, with 5 wins in the first 2 rounds, though we do wonder whether the power can carry up to legitimate regional level.
The bout hasn't been confirmed by anyone in Japan but our Korean sources have informed us that Min has been given the green light from the relevant Korean authorities.
Earlier today we were informed that WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight champion Yuki Nonaka (33-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] was planning to make his first defense of the title on September 16th at the 9th "Champ Fight" show from the Ioka Gym.
The champion, who won the belt in February, hasn't yet had his opponent for the bout confirmed though we have been told that the contest will take place at the EDION Arena Osaka and will headline the card, which will feature several other notable fighters from the Ioka Gym.
Among those other bouts set for the show is a Japanese Youth Flyweight title bout between Joe Shiraishi (8-0-1, 4) [白石聖] and Yoshiki Minato (8-2, 3) [湊義生], in what looks like it could be a very interesting contest and one that's very hard to call. Shiraishi won the Rookie of the Year in 2017 and has added a couple of knockout wins over international opponents since then. Minato on the other hand won the Rookie of the Year last year, but was stopped by Seigo Yuri Akui back in April.
There will also be a very interesting Japanese Welterweight bout between Rikuto Adachi (12-2, 9) [安達陸仁] and Change Hamashima (10-4-1, 4) [濱島悠紀], in what could be a very explosive encounter. This will be Adachi's first bout since losing to Kudura Kaneko in May, whilst Hamashima will be looking to bounce back from back to back losses. The loser of this match up really will have a long climb back to have any bouts of significance.
Also on this show, though yet to have their opponents announced, are Tetsuya Terada (7-5-2,1) [寺田達弥] and Japanese based French born fighter Keny Guy Mutshe (1-0, 1)
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