Between 2001 and 2014 Japan's Daigo Nakahiro (24-4-2, 10) managed to have a pretty over-looked impact on the Super Flyweight division.
During his career Nakahiro fought a genuine who's who, including Kohei Kono, Daisuke Naito, Pongsaklek Wonjongjkam, Hidenbobu Honda, Ryo Akaho, Yota Sato and Malcolm Tunacao. Whilst he had mixed results against the top guys he certainly played a bigger part in the sport than many realise.
Not only did Nakahiro face some very notable fighters but he also had some real success winning Rookie of the Year and the Japanese Super Flyweight title and also went on to be leave boxing for another successful career.
With that introduction out of the way, let ups bring you 5 Midweek facts about Daigo Nakahiro.
1-Boxing wasn't the first sport to bite Nakahiro, who was previously in the high school football team. Interestingly he played along side Futsal player Akihito Seto and professional soccer player Kenji Haneda, who played over 150 times in the J League.
2-In December 2002 Nakahiro won the All Japan Rookie of the Year crown, at Super Flyweight. In the final he defeated future 2-time WBA Super Flyweight champion Kohei Kono.
3-In an interview after his retirement Nakahiro admitted that the only bout he never thought he could win was his WBC world title bout against Pongsaklek Wonjongkam.
4-Interestingly Wonjongkam has also spoken about the bout with Nakahiro, telling RingTV's Anson Wainwright that Nakahiro had the best defense of anyone he faced. Wonjongkam stated "I couldn't hit him", which is a rare odd phrease to use when the judges had it a a clear win for Wonjongkam. Though Nakahiro's defense for the bout did come at the expense of his offensive. Nakahiro spent much of the bout fighting behind a tight guard and ducking and diving, making Wonjongkam miss, but not making him pay.
5-Following his retirement Nakahiro has become an occupational therapist working, to help people with physical and metal health rehabilitation. Prior to that role he had been working as a staff member at Senogawa hospital whilst he was still fighting
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