Earlier today it was announced that Japanese Light Middleweight champion Yuki Nonaka (26-8-2, 9) would be making the first defense of his title on December 28th as he battles against former unified Japanese and OPBF champion Charlie Ota (24-2-1, 16), an American born fighter who has been one of the staples on the Japanese scene at Light Middleweight.
The bout, to be fought at Sumiyoshi Ward Community Cente, looks to be a really good one on paper and is a real make or break contest for both men.
The champion, who is celebrating his second reign as the champion, will be 37 on fight and appears to know that a loss will be the end of his eventful career. Although not a big puncher Nonaka is a very talented boxer who has been in with the likes of Nobuhiro Ishida, Kazuhiko Hidaka, Akio Shibata, Dmitry Nikulin and Kengo Nagashima. Currently world ranked he know it's all to lose going into this contest.
For the challenger this will be his first bout since suffering a decision loss in the US to Jermell Charlo in May. The loss to Charlo was was Ota's second successive bout in the US and the upcoming bout with Nonaka will be his first in Japan in over 18 months. Whilst Nonaka is a pure boxer it's fair to describe Ota as a boxer-puncher with the challenger having a clear edge in power.
At the moment we've not been given any details on the under-card though the main event gives us yet another exciting match up in December and it already appears that the month is becoming very packed, especially in regards to the final week of the year which already features 5 world title bouts and 4 shows of note.
(Image courtesy of http://www.daily.co.jp shows Nonaka posing with the title)
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