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)
Earlier today it was announced that Takayuki Hosokawa (25-10-3, 8) had vacated the Japanese Light Middleweight title just a month before he was set to defend it against former OPBF and Japanese champion Yuki Nonaka (25-8-2, 9).
From what we understand Hosokawa has vacated the belt due to being in poor physical condition. We're not sure what sort of condition this means but from what we're hearing he will be returning to the ring if he can recover, which suggests to us there is a medical issue.
With Hosokawa having vacated the belt we will now see Nonaka fighting against the big punching Kengo Nagashima (14-10-2, 13) on August 10th. The bout certainly isn't as evenly matched as the one we had been expecting but should be a more exciting proposition courtesy of the power of Nagashima.
Sadly for Hosokawa this sees him giving up the title he won in March, when he beat Tadashi Yuba, without being able to make a single defence of the belt. Considering the effort he made to win the belt we can only feel sorry for the way he's had to give it up. Hopefully, if he returns, he will be able to fight the winner of Nonaka/Nagashima for the title sooner rather than later.
(Image, courtesy of boxmob.jp, shows the now out of date poster for the fight featuring both Nonaka and Hosokawa)
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