If you're outside of Japan there is a good chance you've never heard of Rei Nakajima (2-0) [中島玲] but he's someone who is touted highly in the Kansai region and his team have a lot of faith in him becoming a notable local fighter.
The belief in the youngster is so much that he attended a special event with a local mayor in Toyonaka City Osaka, after just 1 professional bout.
Today Nakajima had his next bout confirmed, and for a 2-0 fighter the bout a huge step up in class as he takes on 36 year old Thai veteran Patomsuk Pathompothong (39-11-1, 25), aka Komsan Polsan, on December 8th in Osaka.
The Thai may not be a world beater but compared to Nakajima's first 2 bouts this is a huge leap in the right direction, and he takes on a man who fought for a regional title just a few months ago, when he lost to Takeshi Inoue in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight title. Whilst Inoue stopped Patomsuk in just 2 rounds it's fair to say that there is a gulf in difference between the novice and Inoue, who fought for a world title back in January.
Although not very well known at the moment Nakajima is likely to be moved quickly in the coming years under the guidance of fighter-turn-promoter, Nobuhiro Ishida. He's one of a number of exciting hopefuls having their career's guided by Ishida and the ambition Ishida has with his fighters has to be applauded, even at this early stage in his promotional career. What he's down with Aso Ishiwaki has been impressive and we suspect Nakajima will be mixing at a similar level to Ishiwaki next year.
Patomsuk has mixed not only with Inoue but has really faced a regional who's whjo with losses to Hironobu Matsunaga, Akihiro Kondo, Kuok Kun Ng, Ik Yang and Takayuki Hosokawa. He does tend to lose when he steps up, but for a fighter as early in his career as Nakajima this is an excellent test.
Earlier today, Sunday, fans in Toyonaka had the chance to attend a Nobuhiro Ishida promoted card at the 176BOX.
It wasn't a big show, but it was a notable one as it was the first show to be promoted solely by Ishida, who is best known in the west for his win over James Kirkland.
Ishida packed the card with some of his most notable fighters, and whilst not all the results went his way, there was big wins for two of his brightest youngsters.
One of the brightest hopes on the show was Rei Nakajima (2-0) [中島玲], who took a wide 6 round decision over Korean visitor Se Yul Yang (3-4-2, 1). The Korean showed his toughness and was under pressure through the 6 rounder, but fought back and served a genuine test for Nakajima, who had cruised to victory on his debut with no issues at all.
The other bright youngster picking up a win was the very fan friendly Aso Ishiwaki (7-2-1, 5) [石脇麻生], who scored a 3rd round win over the limited but heavy handed Takuya Matsusaka (8-9, 7) [松坂拓哉]. The bout saw Ishiwaki flirting with the 140lb division and despite the move up in weight he remained a strong, powerful bully, breaking down Matsusaka. Not only was this a step up in weight for Ishiwaki but was also against a southpaw and he seemed impressed by his own performance. The win sees Ishiwaki progress to an A class license and he's now aiming to face a ranked opponent of some kind next time out.
Sadly Ishida's female fighters had a show to forget. Veteran Momoko Kanda (10-11-2, 4) [神田桃子] was beaten by Kaori Nagai (4-2-3, 2) [長井香織], with Nagai taking a 6 round split decision over Kanda whilst Shione Ogata (11-6-1, 3) [緒方汐音] was left with a 3rd round technical draw on her record following a bout with Filipino foe Gretel de Paz (5-5-2, 2). Ogata was cut from a headclash part way through round 3 and the bout was stopped soon afterwards.
Whilst the card wasn't perfect for Ishida he does appear to have two real prospects within his stable, with Nakajima and Ishiwaki both being worthy of attention as their careers develop.
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Earlier today OPBF, WBO Asia Pacific and WBA Asia female Light Flyweight champion Shione Ogata (11-6, 3) [緒方汐音], along with talented stablemate Rei Nakajima (1-0) [中島 玲] and promoter Nobuhiro Ishida, attended a special event with a local mayor in Osaka.
The event, which saw the Neyagawa Ishida Boxing Club owner and two of his most notable fighters meet with Mayor Nagauchi in Toyonaka city,, Osaka, and speak about upcoming plans.
Whilst these type of events do take place quite regularly they are often worth noting due to small announcements being made about a fighter's future.
Today's event saw Ishida announce that Ogata would be back in the ring in September, fighting in Toyonaka city. Her opponent wasn't announced, and neither were the details of the bout, but it's good to know that the inform Ogata is preparing for her next bout. The mayor was thanked for supporting the fighter, who is a rare regional triple crown winner and offered more support to both Ogata and Nakajima.
Nakajima, who made his debut earlier this month after a stellar amateur career, stated that he wanted to become a world champion like Mr Ishida, and whilst he certainly has a hard task on his hands, few will complain about his dominating debut, which saw him do everything but stop Sosuke Sakata on July 12th.
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