Just a few short moments ago we were informed that the popular Nihito Arakawa (25-5-1, 16) has transferred to the Watanabe Gym having previously been affiliated with the Hachioji Nakaya Boxing Gym.
Whilst the move hasn't yet been widely reported we have been told it's a done deal and that Arakawa will make his Watanabe gym debut shortly, though no date has been set as of yet.
Arakawa came to international attention back in 2013 when he went 12 rounds with the exciting Omar Figueroa in a FOTY contender, that left fans wondering what kept Arakawa going through to the final bell. That bout, which took place in the US, saw Arakawa becoming famous for his toughness though unfortunately a loss to Jorge Linares 8 months later saw him being disregarded as a contender in the Lightweight division.
Since losing to Linares in March 2014 Arakawa has gone 1-1, with a win over Akihiro Kondo and a loss to nemesis Yoshitaka Kato in their third meeting together. This has left him 1-3 in his last 4 bouts and 2-4 in his last 6. It's clear that he needs to rebuild his career and, given he's 33, he needs to do it quickly. It seems like the move to Watanabe is the first step in his rebuilding process and we can't wait to see the next step which will hopefully come soon.
(Image of Arakawa (R) and Kato (L) at the weigh in ahead of their 2014 clash, courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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