On Monday we posted the first of 2 "One to watch" articles for this week looking at the God's Left Tournament semi-final bout between the unbeaten Seiya Tsutsumi and the always fun to watch Kenya Yamashita. Now we look at the other semi-final bout, and this one is arguably set to be even better than the Tsutsumi Vs Yamashita bout!
The One to Watch?
Jin Minamide (4-0, 3) vs Kazuki Nakajima (7-0, 6)
November 9th (Saturday)
As a God's Left Tournament semi-final bout the contest will see us find out who the second finalist is, and will set up a brilliant tournament final, it also pits two unbeaten, young and heavy-handed fighters against each other. The styles of the two men should gel excellently and we'll see both men answering questions about their ability, their toughness, their ability to adapt and their overall in ring mentality. Unlike their bouts so far this should be a very, very serious and dangerous test.
The 24 year old Jin Minamide is a southpaw promoted by former world champion Celes Kobayashi. As an a amateur he was a stellar fighter, going 43-22 (15). He turned professional in 2018 and looked sensational with 3 blow outs in his first 3. It wasn't until his 4th bout, his God's Left Tournament quarter-final bout, that we saw him tested, and going the distance in a thrilling war with Tetsu Araki. He's aggressive, heavy-handed, exciting and although a bit raw he's very, very fun to watch.
Interstingly Kazuki Nakajima has a lot of things in common with Jin Minamide. At 26 he's a little bit older than his opponent, but he's also a southpaw, he's also managed by a former world champion, in this case Hideyuki Ohashi, and he was also a very good amateur, going 72-15 (30). Since turning professional in 2017 he has risen through the ranks impressively, and beaten the likes of Yoshihiro Utsumi and Kenichi Watanabe. On paper his best win isn't as good as Minamide's, which came last time out, but there's very little to pick between them.
What to expect?
Both of these guys like fighting. Of the two Minamide is the more rough around the edges puncher, whilst Nakajima is the more technically solid boxer-puncher. Their styles should gel, with both firing off bombs, though we suspect Minamide will be the more aggressive whilst Nakajima will be looking to set his man up, counter,
mover and show that tough more to his boxing. Despite Nakajima having more in his arsenal we do feel like Minamide has the edge in power, and with his pressure and output that could be enough to break down Nakajima.
The bad news?
As with the other semi-final this will only be available on Boxing Raise, so if you've not subscribed you'll miss out on this sensational looking contest!
Takahiro Onaga is a regular contributor to Asian Boxing and will now be a featured writer in his own column where his takes his shot at various things in the boxing world.