Earlier today in Osaka saw the weigh for tomorrow's Teiken promoted card at the Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium. Among those fighters weighing in was the very highly regarded Osaka Teiken prospect Sho Nakazawa (5-0, 4). The 22 year old Super Bantamweight prospect, himself an Osakan native, hit the scales at 121½lbs for the 5th time in hist bout career. Although this has been his typical weight it is ½lb lighter than he was in his most recent bout.
The youngster is to fight Mexican foe Alexander Cazares (9-3, 3) who is a considerable step up in class from some of the opponents Nakazawa has been beating so far, though is probably on par with Nakazawa's last opponent Jhunriel Ramonal. Strangely we've not been given the weight of Cazares as of yet, which is rather strange when all the other weights for the show have come in.
The Japanese youngster is viewed as one of the most promising fighters in Osaka, if not Japan, and has been dubbed "Sho of Naniwa", a play on the moniker of Joe Tatsuyoshi who was dubbed "Jo of Naniwa". As an amateur he ran up an excellent 92-10 (45) record and so far as a professional he has hardly lost a round. It's fair to say however that his competition as a professional has been limited.
At tomorrow's show Nakazawa will be the chief support bout and will be in action between the debut of Juiki Tatsuyoshi (0-0) and the WBC Bantamweight world title fight between Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16) and Diego Ricardo Santillan (23-0, 15). His bout with Cazares is scheduled for 8 rounds and it's expected to be Nakazawa's toughest bout to date.
(Image courtesy of Sho Nakazawa's twitter account)
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