One of our Japanese sources has revealed that Japan's hard hitting Super Featherweight-come-Lightweight Masao Nakamura (17-1, 17) is hoping to get a fight with WBA Super Featherweight champion Takashi Uchiyama (21-0-1, 17) later this year.
From what we understand Nakamura will be trying to get a big fight in the summer to help him move up the world rankings before challenging Uchiyama in the second half of the year in what would be a potential shoot out.
The 26 year old Nakamura is a fighter with tremendous power. He has stopped everybody he has fought other than Ronald Pontillas, the only man to defeat Nakamura. Since that loss, back in 2011, Nakamura has matured his boxing style, become less reckless in the ring and strung together 6 straight stoppage victories, including a notable 100 second victory over Thailand's Fahsai Sakkreerin.
Although young and still relatively inexperienced Nakamura is a former OPBF champion at 130lbs and holds notable wins not just over Sakkreerin but also over the then unbeaten Allan Tanada.
Currently ranked #6 by the IBF at Super Featherweight and #15 at Lightweight by the WBA Nakamura does have a ranking that will enable him to fight Uchiyama, though the WBA would have to accept him as a Super Featherweight rather than a Lightweight. That shouldn't really be a problem if Nakamura does manage to have his next fight at Super Featherweight as opposed to Lightweight.
As for Uchiyama we do think he's on the slide, however we still think he has more than enough in the tank to cope with Nakamura at the moment, especially with the way Nakamura has been dropped and stopped by lesser fighters and "KO Dynamite". At 34 years old however and with Daiki Kaneko knocking him down last time out it does seem unlikely that Uchiyama will manage to keep his title for more than another year or two.
If this bout gets made the only thing certain is that it won't last the distance. We'd strongly favour the more rounded and more proven Uchiyama but it'll certainly be a bout that will have every sat on the edge of their seat waiting for the fighters to land their trademark bombs.
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