Another "Introducing" and once again we are looking at a debutant, as we look at Kadoebi's new Super Featherweight hopeful Ryo Nakai (0-0). The young hopeful will make his debut on August 23rd and will be looking to join the likes of stablemate Ryota Yamauchi in quickly rising through the ranks.
The 21 year old Nakai from Nishinomiya City in Hyogo Prefecture has been talked about in hardcore Japanese circles for a while. A lot of that was down to his success as an amateur, which saw him run up a very respectable 40-16 (15) record. The numbers might not be amazing, but they are solid given how notoriously tough the Japanese amateur scene is.
Full results of Nakai's career aren't widely available, though there are a few tournaments out there that we do have results of him from.
One of those tournaments was the Japanese High School Invitational Tournament from Spring 2015, which took place in Okayama. Fighting at 64KG's Nakai went on to win his two bouts at the tournament to take home first place. The tournament may not have featured all of the top, top names of the time it did have the likes of Kaki Yuba actually compete in the same weight class as Nakai, though in opposite half of the draw.
Another tournament that Nakai won was the Kapolri Cup in Indonesia, in 2018. That tournament in Manado saw Nakai win 4 bouts in 5 days to win the tournament, being 1 of 3 Japanese fighters who went all the way, along with Ryusei Baba and Shinichiro Morishita.
As well as the tournament wins Nakai would also be frequent fight in the University league, racking up experience against very good domestic amateurs in one of the toughest domestic leagues on the planet. Whilst he did suffer losses they were to other good fighters, and the fact he more than held his own on the University circuit showed that there was genuine promise and talent there. Talent that was being improved with every bout he was having.
Despite being a very good amateur, and mixing on both domestic and international scenes, footage of Nakai hasn't been easy to track down. Our sources have however informed us he's a southpaw fighter with an excellent jab and good understanding of the ring with a very solid foundation for the Kadoebi gym to build on.
Although he's only signed at the Kadoebi gym earlier this year he is already under the guidance of Hong Dongsik. Whilst he's not an internationally well known trainer the Korean has been in Japan for around 20 years and worked a lot with the Watanabe Gym. Among those he has worked with were Takashi Uchiyama and Ryoichi Taguchi, with Hong working on the body shots with both men, and we'd expect to see body shots becoming a major focus for Nakai during his career.
As mentioned Nakai will debut on August 23rd and will do so in a 6 round bout against unbeaten Filipino foe Jay Lloyd Quidlat. This is a pretty tough debut for the youngster, but a win for Nakai here will be a good statement and a great way to kick off his career.
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