Earlier today Japanese fans were treat to the triumphant return to title level for Yuki Nonaka (26-8-2, 9) who showed off his criminally under-rated skills to dominated the tough and heavy handed Kengo Nagashima (14-11-2, 13) and claim the Japanese Light Middleweight title.
Nonaka, who had held the very same title way back in 2009, was originally scheduled to fight Takayuki Hosokawa. Hosokawa was forced out of the bout due to ill health and Nagashima came in to the bout, with plenty of notice in fairness.
Unfortunately Nagashima was no match for the hand speed and movement of Nonaka who landed shots at will and ran up round after round to take a lop sided decision with scores of 99-91, 99-93 and 98-92.
We're hoping that we will get Nonaka Vs Hosokawa in the near future though it seems unlikely that that will be Nonaka's first defence, sadly. That would be much better than this was, as would Nonaka against Tadashi Yuba and surprisingly those two haven't collided before.
Although Nonaka's record isn't great we do think he criminally underrated and at 36 years old he still seems to have plenty left in the tank.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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