Champion Carnival bouts now seem to be getting announced all over the place for later this year. Some of them are likely to be less than great bouts or even exciting announcements but the one made earlier today was mouth watering.
The announcement in question confirmed what many already know, that was that Japanese Light Middleweight champion Yuki Nonaka (27-8-2, 9) would be defending his belt against former champion Takayuki Hosokawa (26-10-3, 9). The bout, which was originally dependent on Nonaka beating Charlie Ota last December, is one that has been spoken about for a while and seemed to happen last year before Hosokawa was forced to pull out with illness. That illness saw Hosokawa vacate the title which Nonaka won with an easy decision over Kengo Nagashima last August.
Whilst Hosokawa did vacate the Japanese title he didn't leave the title scene alone and instead he traveled to Thailand to claim the IBF Asia Light Middleweight title with an opening round blow out against Moses Seran, also in December.
Not only did the announcement state the fight but also the date and venue. The bout will take place on April 19th at the Sumiyoshi Ward Center in Osaka City, where both men currently live.
The all Osakan title fight not only has the Japanese title and local bragging rights up for grabs but also a boost in the world rankings. At the moment Nonaka currently boasts an IBF #14 and a WBO #13 ranking whilst Hosokawa is ranked #9 by the IBF and the winner could well find themselves boosted well up the IBF rankings and moved towards a world title fight.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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