Earlier this year we saw Yuki Nonaka (31-8-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] vacate the Japanese Light Middleweight title, with the veteran announcing he was doing so with the intent of pursuing a world title fight. Since then there has been very little talk of a world title fight for the Japanese veteran but this past week he has been linked to a major international name.
That name is former multi-weight champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33)
Nonaka is said to be one of two fighters in consideration for Cotto's next bout, pencilled in for June 24th in Brooklyn, New York. The other being Brandon Rios (33-3-1, 24), who hsn't fought since being stopped in 9 rounds by Timothy Bradley back in 2015
Nonaka, who is world ranked by the IBF, WBO and WBA, does seem to be in the twilight of his career and although a bout with Cotto wouldn't be a world title contest it would almost certainly be a career defining fight. It was perhaps be bigger, in some ways, than fighting some of the current world champions and may well make more sense than to chance a world title contesrt. And afterall a win over Cotto could secure Nonaka a world title fight anyway.
Before Nonaka can get too carried away by the story, which was first posted on http://elvocero.com, he will himself have to keep things ticking over and is expected in the ring on April 22nd in a stay busy bout in Osaka.
(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)
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