This weekend is set to be massive in Japan for fights, it's worth noting however that the news it's self of new fights hasn't dried up and today we saw a number of notable bouts being announced. One of those was a bout between former world title challenger Richard Claveras (17-2-2, 14) and Japan's Keisuke Nakayama (9-2-1, 4) [中山 佳祐] who we now know will face off on June 13th at the Korakuen Hall in a bout for the OPBF Flyweight title.
The OPBF Flyweight title became vacant recently, with Daigo Higa vacant the title ahead of his world title bout this coming weekend, and a bout between Claveras and Nakayama appears to have been put together on relatively short notice. Despite the short notice the bout does look like an interesting one.
Of the two fighters Claveras is the more well known fighter. He started his career 12-0-2 (12) before getting a world title fight in April 2015 against the then WBC Light Flyweight champion Pedro Guevara, who showed his class and stopped the Filipino inside a round. Since then Claveras has gone 5-1 (2) and shown real improvement in his boxing whilst picking up wins on the domestic scene against the likes of Benezer Alolod, Jerry Tomogdan, Jeronil Borres and Rolio Golez, off swtting a loss to the always under-rated Jonathan Refugio.
Blessed with natural power Claveras is a nightmare at domestic level and will be hoping that his power carries up to Oriental level here.
As for Nakayama the 28 year old is pretty unknown unless you following the Japanese domestic scene, and even then it's only been his last few bouts that have seen him making any noise. Just over 2 years ago he lost a wide decision to Hiroyuki Hisataka, but since then has reeled off 3 wins, including a solid win over Isao Aoyama and an upset over Naoki Mochizuki. He's not a puncher but has shown signs of improvement recently and comes into the bout following his best career win. It would however be a huge ask for him to over-come the Filipino puncher here.
The bout will serve as the second title bout on a card set to be headlined by the rematch between Takuya Kogawa (28-4, 14) [粉川 拓也] and Masayuki Kuroda (26-7-3, 15) [黒田 雅之], who meet in a Japanese Flyweight unification bout, and it really does look like a great value card and a treat for Boxingraise subscribers.
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