Nonaka, defending the belt for the second time, was the much bigger man at the weigh in as he towered over Hosokawa. The listed difference in height between the two was said to be 3 inches but in reality it looks closer to double that with Hosokawa looking several weight classes smaller. Despite being the smaller man Hosokawa has already held this title, before being forced to vacate it last year due to ill health.
Since Hosokawa vacated the belt he has fought just once, blowing away Moses Seran inside a round to claim the IBF Asia title. That win was Hosokawa's 4th straight and followed notable victories over Tadashi Yuba, to win the title, and a very close decision over Patomsuk Pathompothong. As for Nonaka he's won his last 8, including a win over Charlie Ota as well as wins over Kengo Nagashima and Dmytro Nikulin.
This bout will be the main event of a very interesting looking card at the Sumiyoshi Ward Center in Osaka city. The undercard features several interesting bouts including a contest between former world title challengers Hirofumi Mukai (10-3-2, 1) and Konosuke Tomiyama (24-7-1, 8) in what promises to be a very interesting match up. Sadly however the card did lose one good looking under-card bout as Chocoboy Oizumi (4-3-2, 2) was forced out of his bout with Yuji Itani (4-1, 4) due to illness.
Yuki Nonaka and Takayuki Hosokawa battle for Japanese gold and potential world title shot! (Preview)
(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)