We've known for a while that IBF #1 ranked Super Bantamweight Shingo Wake (19-4-2, 11) would be in a stay busy fight on February 17th at the Korakuen Hall again limited Indonesian Waldo Sabu (7-2, 2). Whilst we've known about that contest we didn't have any idea about the under-card for the bout.
Now we know that the main support bout is a genuinely great looking contest as Wake's 19 year old stablemate Kenya Yamashita (8-1, 5) battles against the returning Katsunori Nagamine (10-1, 6), who returns following his first loss.
Yamashita made a mark for himself in 2014 when he claimed the Rookie of the Year at Flyweight. Although he was impressive in 2014 he did suffer a loss last year to Jo Tanooka, however he did bounce back from that set back with an excellent domestic win against Musashi Suzuki in October. Whilst Yamashita claimed the Rookie crown in 2014 it must be noted that Nagamine also won the honour, albeit in 2012. Since then he has gone 3-1 with that loss coming last year at the hands of Ken Shiro, who almost finished Nagamine's career as he suffered a detached retina.
This will be Nagamine's first bout since that injury and there are worries that he may be the fighter he once was however a win over Yamashita will get him back into the domestic title mix.
This is a great domestic match up and one that will push the winner towards a major bout come the end of the year, whilst the loser really will need to try very hard to rebuild later in the year.
For those who haven't seen Nagamine's bout with Ken Shiro we have featured it below.
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