The popular Nonaka was facing mandatory challenger Yuto Shimizu (11-3-2, 4) [清水 優人], who was riding a very impressive 8 fight winning streak which included some wins over very solid Japanese domestic contenders, in what looked like a good match up. In the end however Nonaka made it look easy.
The bout started pretty evenly with both looking to take the role of the counter-puncher, Nonaka however took the initiative, and by the end of round 3 appeared to be taking control of the action with his jab and movement. That control was recognised by two of the judges, who had Nonaka up after 5 rounds.
With Nonaka taking control there was no looking back and the champion continued to use his feet, and thoroughly outbox the challenger, who struggled to land anything of note in the final 5 rounds as Nonaka dominated him with his smart boxing.
By the final bell their was no doubting the winner, and that showed on the scorecards, with the judges scoring the bout as a dominant victory for the champion, with scores of 97-93, 98-93 and 99-92.
Following the bout Nonaka suggested that he wanted to be more than just the Japanese champion, and bouts for the OPBF title, or even a world title, are in his plans.
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