This past Sunday golf fans saw the legendary Tiger Woods complete a remarkable career comeback, after having come through a variety of off the course issues. The win for Woods will go down as one of the best feel good sports stories of the year. He isn't alone however, in having had a huge comeback in the last few days.
Today at Korakuen Hall fans saw Masayasu Nakamura (7-3-1, 6) [中村 誠康] return to the ring after almost 3 years out, and and not only did he return but he also picked up a career best win, beating former Japanese title challenger Tatsuya Takahashi (30-9-5, 21) [高橋竜也], who entered the bout with a JBC ranking.
Nakamura was last seen losing a 5 round decision to Ken Kodama back in May 2016, that was his third loss in 6 fights. Today however he looked like a man who had never been out of the ring, pressing Takahashi from the opening round, putting him under intense pressure and taking the fight to him in a manner that showed real belief and fire. Takahahsi tried to respond, but was often the man forced to give ground, unable to keep with the energy and tempo set by the driven Nakamura.
The energy and drive saw Nakamura getting scors of 78-73 from one judge and 77-75 from another, whilst one judge, somehow, saw the bout for Takahashi, 76-75.
After the bout Nakamura spoke about wanting to win a title for the Team 10 Count gym and wanting to win for his child, who was born around the same time as his last fight.
Sadly for Takahashi, who has always been fun despite his limitations, this is a third loss in 7, following a loss in 2017 against Jetro Pabustan and in 2018 to Ikuro Sadatsune.
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