Sho Nakazawa overcomes former world title challenger Silvester Lopez, but is dropped en route to win
Earlier today fans in Osaka saw Japanese youngster Sho Nakazawa (7-0, 4) faced his stiffest test to date as he battled former world title challenger Silvester Lopez (26-11-2, 18), a hard hitting and dangerous Filipino.
Coming in to the bout everyone knew Nakazawa was facing his stiffest test to date though few would have expected the Japanese youngster to have begun the bout the way he did, being dropped in second round by the clubbing power of Lopez.
For a few moments things looked troublesome for the touted Japanese youngster, who many had tipped as a potential world champion. The knockdown however was a blessing in disguise and it seemed to immediately make him realise that he was going to have to be careful and box here rather than risk getting into a fight. The wake up call was taken well with Nakazawa using his feet and movement to make Lopez look second best for the most part, though he did struggle to land too much of note himself at times.
From the middle rounds it was all Nakazawa who was too quick, too skilled and too accurate, finding more and more holes in Lopez's defense as the Filipino dropped round after round to his 22 year old foe.
Come the final bell the early knockdown was long forgotten with Nakazawa running out a clear winner with scores of 97-3, 97-93 and 98-91.
After the fight the Japanese fighter seemed to suggest he was wanting to move to title level and a bout with Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Yukinori Oguni now seems to be his target.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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