Earlier today we were informed that highly touted Japanese prospect Sho Nakazawa (4-0, 4) would be returning to the ring on November 24th to battle against his toughest foe so far, the OPBF ranked Jhunriel Ramonal (14-7-4, 7).
Ramonal is currently ranked #11 by the OPBF at Super Bantamweight and although his current form has been inconsistent, at best, with just 2 wins in his last 8 bouts however he has been fighting at a solid level losing in an OPBF title fight with Shingo Wake and has suffered 3 technical draws in those 8 fights, including a technical draw with former world title challenger Silvester Lopez.
The unbeaten Nakazawa is a 21 year old who made his debut in August 2013 and has fought just 6 rounds though is viewed as a potential world champion in the making at Super Bantamweight. His most notable result was scored last time out when he stopped Gun Tinular in 2 rounds this past May however he is taking a major step up from the likes of Tinular to Ramonal. Footage of the Tinular bout was hard to come by but for those who haven't seen Nakazawa in action here is his other bout from this year , against Charit Aomtanom, which we admit wasn't great.
For both men this is a major bout. For Nakazawa it's an opportunity to get himself an OPBF ranking in just his 5th professional contest and also an opportunity to test himself against someone who has competed at a much higher level than himself. For Ramonal it's a chance to get another much needed win to help rebuild his floundering career. With what's at stake we suspect this one could be a little bit special and that the winner will really benefit from the risk of taking such a fight.
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