We all love a slugger and today Japanese fans got the news that former ranked fighter Aozora Nishida (12-2-2, 11) [青空西田] would be making an unexpected come back on September 11th, more than 5 years after his last bout, a 5th round TKO over Kota Fukuoka.
The heavy handed 35 year old will be facing the much younger Shota Yamaguchi (13-3, 8) [山口翔太] in a 6 round bout set to take place in Nagasaki.
Nishida began his careerback in 2001 with a draw and was 0-1-1 to begin his career before stringing together some wins to move to 3-1-1 (2). He scored one of his most wins in 2009, when he stopped the then unbeaten Koseki Nakama though failed to build on that victory with a split decision loss to Kiyohisa Morita in 2007. Sadly that loss resulted in an 18 month lay off before he beat an over-matched Thai in December 2008. Nishida however failed to gain momentum in his career and took almost 2 years out before stopping Kota Fukuoka in late 2010, his most recent bout.
Whilst Nishida has had a frustrating career full of inactivity Yamaguchi has had a frustrating career with losses in key bouts. He began in 2010 and won 8 in a row before losing in the 2012 Rookie of the Year final to Tatsuya Yanagi. Another winning run was ended in 2014 by Ryota Kajiki whilst a loss last year to Hiroshige Osawa has left him floundering for direction
At the moment other details regarding the card aren't available however this is a genuinely interesting match up between two men who have promised much but failed to deliver so far.
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