Revenge can be cathartic and we suspect that's how Shingo Wake (26-5-2, 18) [和氣 慎吾] feels right now after avenging a loss to Takafumi Nakajima (29-12-1, 13) [中嶋 孝文] at the Korakuen Hall.
Wake had lost a close decision to Nakajima almost 7 years ago, before he has his meteoric rise through to becoming a feature in the world rankings. That loss has left Wake's record at 10-4-2 (5). Since then he has gone 16-1 (13) and gained revenge today by stopping Nakajima in the 6th round.
Nakajima started the bout aggressively, jumping out at Wake and trying to get to his man early on. It was a good gameplan, stopping Wake settling into his rhythm. Unfortunately for Nakajima it didn't take long for Wake to figure him out, and find a home for his patented left hands. From then on it seemed clear that Wake would win, but it was a case of how he would win, and how much he would have to exert himself.
Round by round Wake became more and more dominant, with rounds 3 and 4 clear ones for the former OPBF Super Bantamweight champion. Nakajima did attempt to turn up the head in round 5, and put Wake under more pressure, but Wake still looked to be in total control, landing accurate counters and finding all sorts of gaps in Nakajima's defenses.
Those gaps in Nakajima's defense always left the feeling that Wake could take him out. In round 6 a counter shot dropped Nakajima, who struggled to his feet. The bout, with some referees, would have been stopped but as Nakajima beat the count the referee let the bout go on. Wake however didn't want the bout to continue, and rushed Nakajima, unloading until he dropped his man a second time. This time the referee stopped the action, immediately.
At the moment Wake is listed on boxrec as having a bout set for February against Cesar Juarez, it's unclear currently if that bout is actually taking place or not. If so it won't be long until we see Wake in the ring again. As for Nakajima, this could well be the end for the 34 year veteran.
Polish betting website STS have odds available for tomorrow's Super Bantamweight bout between Japanese fighters Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾] and Takafumi Nakajima (29-11-1, 13) [中嶋 孝文], who will be having a rematch of their May 2012 bout which Nakajima won.
Sadly whilst the Polish site has got a couple of markets open on the bout, they certainly don't see the contest as being competitive. In fact they have priced Wake as a 1.03, or 1/33, favourite. Essentially seeing him as the very clear favourite. Nakajima on the other hand has been priced at 6.25, or 21/4, to win beat Wake and move their rivalry to 2-0.
What is a much more interesting market for this fight is the "Length of Bout" market. STS have priced the over/under at 8.5 rounds, with the under being priced at 1.90, or 9/10, and the other being 1.70, or 7/10. We can't help but feel that Wake will be looking to make a statement and the under certainly would be appealing to us if we had an account with the bookies.
Sadly, at the time of writing no UK bookmakers have priced this bout up.
Tomorrow we'll see world ranked Super Bantamweight Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾] attempt to avenge his last loss on the domestic scene, as he takes on Takafumi Nakajima (29-11-1, 13) [中嶋 孝文].
These two men met over 6 and a half years ago, with Nakajima taking a decision over the then unknown Wake, who has since won the OPBF title and fought for a world title. Nakajima has struggled to score big wins since the win over Wake, but has challenged for Japanese and OPBF titles.
Today the two men took part in the weigh in for their bout, and both men made weight.
On the scales Wake was dead on the limit Super Bantamweight limit and looked in great shape. The sharp shooting southpaw stated that he was happy to have the chance to avenge his defeat to Nakajima and was wanting to overwhelm tomorrow before moving towards a second world title fight.
The older, more experienced, Nakajima came in a touch lighter at 121.7lbs He seemed excited about the opportunity to face Wake, especially after suffering back to back losses coming in to this fight, but also revealed that he feels he has a chance against Wake and knows his weak point.
It's clear that whilst both fighters have developed since their May 2012 clash Wake has gone on to do a lot, lot more than his conqueror, but this is still something he wants to right.
For fans wanting to watch this bout, it will be aired live on Japanese channel G+.
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We've known for a while that the first live televised Japanese show of 2019 will be the January Dynamic Glove card, which will be shown on G+ on January 19th. We now have all the details of the broadcast.
The broadcast for the show will begin at 17:45 local time and is set to run until 22:00, with a tape delay reshowing the following Thursday, starting at 22:30 and eating at 1:30 on Friday morning.
For those unaware, the show will be headlined by world ranked Super Bantamweight Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾] rematching Takafumi Nakajima (29-11-1, 13) [中嶋 孝文], the last Japanese fighter to beat Wake. A win for Wake is expected, as he continues his charge for a second world title fight.
In supporting bouts we'll see Ikuro Sadatsune (9-2-3, 3) [定常育郎] and Kenshin Oshima (4-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心] battle in a brilliantly matched 8 round bout at Bantamweight whilst future Japanese Featherweight title challenger Reiya Abe (18-2, 9) [阿部 麗也] will be up against former amateur stand out Daisuke Sugita (4-0, 3) [杉田大祐].
Although it's the first Japanese card to be televised in 2019, it is worth noting that the January 12th show is expected to be shown live on Boxingraise, though this is yet to be confirmed with only days to go until the show.
Over the last few days we've seen details emerge, almost being drip fed in fact, for the January 19th "Dynamic Glove" show.
First we were informed that world ranked Super Bantamweight Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾] would be facing Takafumi Nakajima (29-11-1, 13) [中嶋 孝文], in an attempt to avenge a loss from years ago. Then we were informed of a mouth watering clash between Ikuro Sadatsune (9-2-3, 3) [定常育郎] and Kenshin Oshima (4-1-1, 3) [大嶋剣心], who will face off in a brilliantly matched 8 round bout at Bantamweight.
Today we saw another fantastic bout being confirmed for the card, with Japanese #1 ranked Featherweight contender Reiya Abe (18-2, 9) [阿部 麗也] battling former amateur stand out Daisuke Sugita (4-0, 3) [杉田大祐].
The bout is scheduled to be a 8 round bout at a contracted 57.8KG, around 127.4lbs, and should be a really special bout, with Abe taking on his most skilled opponent so far, and Sugita taking on his most accomplished foe by far.
From what we understand Abe's Japanese Featherweight title fight, during the Champion Carnival, will not be at risk if he losses, unless he suffers an injury which may rule him out. Regardless, it's a very risky fight for him to be taking so close to such a significant contest.
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