Earlier this month we reported that the JBC had ordered Kenta Nakagawa (12-2-1, 9) [中川 健太] to battle against Hayato Kimura (25-8, 16) [木村 隼人所属] for the now vacant Japanese Super Flyweight title, a title recently vacated by Sho Ishida (21-0, 10) [石田 匠]. At the time there was no set date or venue for the bout, but today we have seen a date set for the bout.
The contest is now set for October 6th and will take place at the Korakuen Hall.
For the 31 year old Nakagawa the bout will be his first title fight and his first bout scheduled for more than 8 rounds, with only one career bout going beyond 5 rounds. He's the puncher in here with out a doubt but their will be question marks about his stamina and his experience. Interestingly he started his career 2-2 but has since gone 10-0-1 (9), beating the likes of Jo Tanooka and Shuji Hamada in the last 12 months.
Whilst this is Nakagawa's first title fight, of any variety, the same cannot be said of Kimura, who claimed the South Korean Super Flyweight title in 2007, the interim WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title in 2008 and has also fought for the Japanese and WBC International Super Flyweight titles. The 27 year old has been a professional for more than 11 years, though fought much of his earlier career outside of Japan. He debuted in Thailand back in June 2005 and fought in The Land of Smiles and South Korea for his first 6 pro bouts, and 8 of his first 9 bouts.
At the moment no details of the under-card have been announced but we are expecting several announcements for similar dates so the card may end up being a double header by the time the card has filled out.
Hayato Kimura and Kenta Nakagawa to face off for Japanese title!
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