Between 1997 and 2014 Japanese fighter Daisuke Nakagawa (22-4-2, 17) was a fixture on, and around, the Japanese title scene. Although he never made a mark outside of Japan he managed to be one of the few 3-weight Japanese national champions, winning national titles at Welterweight, Light Middleweight and Middleweight during a very solid career.
Not only did Nakagawa win 3 divisional titles but he also beat a number of notable domestic fighters along the way. His most notable wins included victories over the likes of Koji Numata, Akinori Watanabe, Koshinmaru Saito, Yosuke Kirima, Takehiro Shimokawara and Tomohiro Ebisu.
With those little details out of the way lets take a look at five Midweek Facts about Daisuke Nakagawa!
1-During his career Nakagawa once started that his heart rate was around 30BPM, stating so in an old blog post. For a typical person a normal heart rate is between 60 and 100BPM.
2-Nakagawa had a stop-start career. After his first 4 bouts, all in 1997, he took a 6 year break from the ring. He would take another lengthy break in 2010, due to an injury, that kept him out of the ring for around year. That injury forced Nakagawa to vacate the Japanese Welterweight title and abandon a planned defense against Koji Numata in August 2010. Had that bout gone ahead it would have been a third between the two men, with Nakagawa having won the first two.
3-Nakagawa was given the nickname of the "Japanese Margarito" due to his similarities to controversial Mexican fighter Antonio Margarito. The two men were of a similar heigh and similar facial appearances.
4-Amazingly all 28 of Nakagawa's professional bouts took place at Korakuen Hall*. Whilst he's not alone in having all of his fights at the "Holy Land" of Japanese boxing, it's rare for someone to have had such a long career and never fought at any other venue, especially a multi-weight Japanese champion.
5-This Daisuke Nakagawa, the boxer, is one of several notable people with the name! There is also a professional Japanese Shogi player with the same name, as well as a Japanese actor, born in 1998, who is best known for his work on "Kamen Rider Zero-One".
For those unsure what Shogi is, it's a chess variant played in Japan.
*Note - Boxrec lists no venue for Nakagawa's second and third professional bouts, but both of those took place at Korakuen Hall according to Teiken.
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