Earlier today at Korakuen fight fans got the chance to see the latest show from Kaneko boxing, and sadly for them it saw one of their biggest names lose in the main event, though it did also see the debut of one of the gym's potential stars of the future.
The positive for the Kaneko gym was the debut of 24 year old Yuya Oku (1-0, 1) [大久 祐哉] who needed just 50 seconds to see off Naoto Moriya (6-4-1, 3) [森屋 直人]. Oku, who went 26-16 (6) in the amateurs looked razor sharp from the opening bell, landing a really crisp 1-2 early on and then put his shots together, and then dropping Moriya. Given Moriya went down hard the referee waved off the bout without issues a count, and Oku kicked off his career in the perfect fashion.
Sadly however, at least for the Kaneko boxing Gym, we then saw Oku's stablemate Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (12-7-1, 11) [細川チャーリー忍] suffered a third straight loss as he came up short against 23 year old Nath Nwachukwu (7-1-2, 3) [ワチュク・ナァツ].
On paper this had the makings of a really interesting match up, with the heavy handed handed veteran, now aged 36, taking on an inexperienced but talented youngster. Sadly however the bout struggled to catch light at times, as Nwachukwu used his feet well, and tried to neutralise the power of Hosokawa by using his younger, fresher legs to control range. Hosokawa, to his credit, always tried to fight and land his shots, but he really struggled to sustain attacks and put shots together whilst Nwachukwu managed to get his shots off
After 8 rounds Nwachukwu had done enough to take a win and that was shown on all 3 cards, with scores of 77-75, 78-74 and 79-73.
What makes the win even bigger for Nwachukwu is that heading into the bout Hosokawa was ranked #1 by the JBC, so this win could well set Nwachukwu up for a Japanese title fight in 2022.
Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans had the chance to see unbeaten prospect Rei Nakajima (4-0) [中島玲] score the biggest win of his career, as he over-came former OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight champion Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (12-6-1, 11) [細川チャーリー忍], and took a decision win over the veteran.
On paper the bout was a massive step up in class for Nakajima. The unbeaten youngster was taking on his most notable foe so far. Hosokawa seemed to have almost all the advantages, being the bigger, stronger, longer, more powerful and more experienced fighters. That however proved to be for nought as Nakajima proved to be the quicker, smarter, better boxer.
From the opening stages Nakajima relied on his speed and movement. He was making Hosokawa miss, and nipping in and out with sharp, accurate shots. It was great gameplan from the diminutive youngster who looked really talented though out the early and mid rounds.
It wasn't until late into the bout that Hosokawa began to find his man, who was slowing down and feeling the pace a little bit more. In round 7 Hosokawa landed several good body shots, though his success was somewhat limited and in round 8 Nakajima again showed what he could do with his quicker movement and hand speed.
Despite the bout seeming to be a clear win for Nakajima, the judges actually had this one split. One judge some how, had Hosokawa winning 78-74, whilst the other two had Nakajima taking the decision 77-75. It should be noted that Nakajima, from Osaka, was in Tokyo for this bout, whilst Hosokawa wasn't just "fighting at home", but his promoter was also in charge of the show, which may have played a part in the scoring.
Following his win Nakajima stated that he wanted to get a Japanese Light Middleweight title fight as soon as possible. On the back of this performance that title fight might be a bit too soon, though we would love to see him take on Hironobu Matsunaga (17-1, 11) [松永 宏信] somewhere down the line.
On the same show there was a technical draw in the bout between Tulio Kuwabata (3-1-1, 2) [桑畑凜生] and Yoshihiro Utsumi (16-9-4, 10) [宇津見義広]. There was a headclash early on that left Utsumi cut, and in round 2 that cut worsened to the point where the bout had to be stopped.
For fans wanting to watch this one it will be put on Boxing Raise in the coming days.
Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall we'll get Golden Child 128, a show that will be made available on demand on Boxing Raise and will be used to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Kaneko Boxing Gym.
The main event of that show will see diminutive prospect Rei Nakajima (3-0) [中島玲] take on former OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight champion Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (12-5-1, 11) [細川チャーリー忍] in an 8 round bout at Middleweight. Today, ahead of their contest, the two men took part in their weigh in, with both men easily making the Middleweight limit.
On the scales Hosokawa was the heavier man, coming in at around 159.4lbs whilst Nakajima came in at 159lbs, a full 1lb under the limit.
The weight wasn't the only area where Hosokawa out did Nakajima, with the former regional champion towering over Nakajima, looking like he belonged several weigh classes about the unbeaten Nakajima. As well as height Hosokawa will also have the edge in reach and power.
Despite giving away all the physical advantages Nakajima will likely feel he has advantages of his own. He is the younger man, by 14 years, he's also the quicker man, the more skilled fighter and the man with less miles on the clock.
Again, for fans who can't make it to the Korakuen Hall for this one, it can be watch, on demand, on Boxing Raise.
(Image credit - Kaneko Boxing Gym)
Earlier today Boxing Raise updated their website to show their line up for the rest of October, with the plan now being to have 6 shows on their service this month. Sadly none will be live, but 6 shows in a month is solid regardless.
The first show will be the Kaneko Boxing card, which will take place on October 9th. This will be headlined by a brilliant match up between Rei Nakajima (3-0) [中島玲] and former OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight champion Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (12-5-1, 11) [細川チャーリー忍]. The next show to be added will be the Kadoebi show from October 14th, which will feature the likes of Kazuki Saito (7-2, 5) [斎藤一貴] and Takuya Kogawa (30-6-1, 13) [粉川拓也].
The next show will be from October 18th and will be headlined by Japanese Flyweight champion Seigo Yuri Akui (14-2-1, 10) [阿久井政悟] will be facing mandatory challenger Seiya Fujikita (13-4, 6) [藤北誠也] as part of the Champion Carnival.
After those 3 shows we then get a pair of DANGAN cards, including a 4 round show from October 22nd and the October 30th A and B class tournament show, featuring the likes of Shu Utsuki (6-0, 5) [宇津木秀].
The final show from October that Boxing Raise will get is the East Japan Rookie of the Year show from October 31st.
Although not a great month in terms of quality for Boxing Raise the depth of the shows, ranging from Japanese title level to Rookie of the Year, is solid and the cards are full of good looking bouts and hopefuls. It's not an amazing month, but it's certainly not a bad one.
Although not a well known name Rei Nakajima (3-0) [中島玲] is a promising fighter who appears to have the full belief of promoter, and former fighter, Nobuhiro Ishida. In just his third professional bout he took a big step up in class to face veteran Patomsuk Pathompothong and it now seems that he's set for an even bigger step up in class in October.
The 22 year old Nakajima only debuted in July 2019, and ended the year 3-0, though had sadly sat out the entire of 2020 due to the on going global situation. He's now planning to make up for lost time by taking on former OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight champion Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (12-5-1, 11) [細川チャーリー忍], with their bout scheduled for October 9th.
For Nakajima the bout is a massive leap up in class, not only in terms of opponent quality but also length of bout, with the contest set to be his first 8 rounder. He'll be fully aware that a win here would get him into the title mix for next year and really see him move towards announcing himself on the national stage
As for Hosokawa the 36 year old will be looking to bounce back from a loss to Kazuto Takesako (12-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登]. That was a hard loss, and a punishing one, and he certainly can't afford another loss here if he's to get another major fight. Coming in to this he has the edge in power and experience, but at 36 we do wonder what he has in the tank and whether he's still got enough in the legs to cope with the skills and movement of Nakajima.
Interestingly this bout will take place at Korakuen Hall and will be promoted by Kaneko boxing, the promoter of Hosokawa. Given that Nakajima is from Osaka he really up against it here, on an opponents show, in their backyard, but the belief is that he is a very special, talented, young fighter with the potential to be moved very quickly.
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