January 19th 2002-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Kengo Nagashima (20-1-1, 12) vs Kinji Amano (19-5-3, 9)
In January 2002 Kengo Nagashima challenged Japanese Super Featherweight champion Kinji Amano
February 6th 1999-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Kengo Nagashima (12-1-1, 8) vs Yuji Watanabe (21-3, 19)
In his second defense of the OPBF Super Featherweight title Kengo Nagashima faced off with the hard hitting Yuji Watanabe at the Korakuen Hall.
May 5th 2001-Toyko, Japan
Kengo Nagashima (18-1-1, 11) vs Tetsuya Shinozaki (13-7-7, 5)
In the spring of 2001 Kengo Nagashima, the former OPBF Super Featherweight champion, would battle against Tetsuya Shinozaki.
October 2nd 1999-Tokyo, Japan
Kengo Nagashima (14-1-1, 9) vs Yang Soo Sung (11-1-2, 3)
In October 1999 Japanese puncher Kengo Nagashima took on Korean visitor Yang Soo Sung. Whilst Nagashima, who would later fight for a world title, is the bigger name it's interesting to note that Sung's final two bouts apparently came in 2003, against In Jiun Chi, and then 2011, against Min Wook Kim, in what is a rather odd ending to his career.
June 5th 1999-Tokyo, Japan
Kengo Nagashima (13-1-1, 9) vs Doo Yul Lee (3-2-1, 2)
In 1999 OPBF Super Flyweight champion Kengo Nagashima made his third defense of the title as he took on little known Korean challenger Doo Yul Lee, who came in to the bout as the clear under-dog but clearly hadn't read the script.
June 3rd 2000-Tokyo, Japan
Jeffrey Onate (24-10-5, 14) vs Kengo Nagashima (16-1-1, 10)
In 2000 Filipino journeyman Jeffrey Onate took on rising Japanese hopeful Kengo Nagashima.
October 3rd 1998-Tokyo, Japan
Kengo Nagashima (11-1-1, 8) vs Nobutoshi Hiranaka (17-3-1, 11)
In 1998 Japanese fans saw the then OPBF Super Featherweight champion Kengo Nagashima [長嶋 建吾] battle Nobutoshi Hiranaka [平仲 信敏] , the younger brother of one time world champion Akinobu Hiranaka.
June 8th 1998-Tokyo, Japan
Yamato Mitani (12-3, 9) Vs Kengo Nagashima (10-1-1, 8)
In 1998 Japanese saw the teak tough Yamato Mitani [三谷大和], a former 2-time world title challenger, fight for the final time. The bout saw Mitani face fellow Japanese fighter Kengo Nagashima [長嶋建吾] in a bout for Mitani's OPBF Super Featherweight title. Notably Nagashima would later challenge for the WBC title at Super Featherweight.
August 24th 2002-Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan
Sirimongkol Singwancha (39-1, 22) v Kengo Nagashima (21-1-1, 12)
In 2002 Japanese fans saw Sirimongkol Singwancha [ศิริมงคล สิงห์วังชา] return to the country where he had lost an absolute thriller against Joichiro Tatsuyoshi around 5 years previous. This time Sirimongkol was fighting at 130lb and was facing off Kengo Nagashima [健吾長島] for the vacant WBC world title.
If you missed Singwancha Vs Tatsuyoshi that bout is here, and it really is an amazing fight.
This past Sunday saw Japanese fans at the Sumiyoshi Ward Center get the chance to see local hero Yuki Nonaka become a 2-time Japanese champion as he re-claimed the Japanese Light Middleweight title that he held between 2008-2009.
Nonaka, one of Japan's best "pure boxers" took on the feared Kengo Nagashima and put on a bit of a master class with sharp shots, lovely combinations, and intelligent movement, and despite not being much of a puncher he did seem to rock Nagashima several times. In fact despite losing his gum shield at one poin Nonaka fought on regardless.
The bout may not be one of the super high level contests but it does show just how good Nonaka is as a fighter and how under-rated his skills are. It's just a shame he lacks the power and youth to really make a name on the international stage, though we do expect him to challenge for the OPBF title in the next 12 months to try and re-unify a crown he first unified back in 2009.
(We would like to thank nov K for this footage)
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