May 20th 2018-Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan
Nihito Arakawa (31-6-1, 18) vs Rimar Metuda (12-3, 7)
In 2018 fight fans in Tokyo had the chance to see Japanese tough guy Nihito Arakawa [荒川仁人], the then WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight champion, take on Filipino fighter Rimar Metuda
March 8th 2014-MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Jorge Linares (35-3, 23) vs Nihito Arakawa (24-3-1, 16)
Around 8 months after losing a 2013 war with Omar Figureoa we saw Japanese tough guy Nihito Arakawa [荒川仁人] return to a US ring to take on Teiken promoted Venezuelan Jorge Linares.
April 20th 2019-Sport Palace, Kiev, Ukraine
Nihito Arakawa (32-6-2, 18) Vs Denys Berinchyk (10-0, 7)
Earlier this month fight fans in Ukraine saw Japanese warrior Nihito Arakawa [荒川仁人] battle against unbeaten Ukrainian hopeful Denys Berinchyk in a bout for the WBO International Lightweight title.
June 8th 2015-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Rikki Naito (12-0, 5) Vs Nihito Arakawa (25-5-1, 16)
In 2015 the then Japanese Super Featherweight champion Rikki Naito [内藤 律樹] dipped his toes at Lightweight as he took on veteran Nihito Arakawa [荒川 仁人] at the Korakuen Hall
December 2nd 2017- Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Nihito Arakawa (31-6-1, 18) Vs Adones Aguelo (28-17-2, 19)
This past Saturday fight fans at the Korakuen Hall had the chance to see Nihito Arakawa [荒川 仁人] defending the WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight title Filipino challenger Adones Aguelo.
December 6th 2014- Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Yoshitaka Kato (28-5-1, 9) Vs Nihito Arakawa (25-4-1, 16)
In 2005 Nihito Arakawa defeated Yoshitaka Kato via a very close decision, the following year Kato get revenge with his own close decision. Amazingly it took more than 8 years for the men to finally put the matter of who was best to rest and had a rubber bout. Like their first two bouts it was competitive and compelling and combined action showing off the development of both men over the last few years.
(A huge thanks to 45412380 for this footage)
Before we say anything on this fight we would like to apologise. Sometimes perfect footage isn't available. It's just simply outside of our capabilities. That's been the case here with the second fight between Nihito Arakawa and Akihiro Kondo. The footage lacks the opening round and also lacks the "correct" sound, in fact we would advise that you mute the sound for the video because it is irritating. We are sorry for both of those issues and we do hope that a better version of this fight does surface, though for now this appears to be as good as there is out there.
So on to the fight it was the second bout between Nihito Arakawa, a man infamous for his battle with Omar Figueroa, and Akihiro Kondo. The men had met back in 2010 when Arakawa took a close decision over Kondo to take the Japanese Lightweight title. Although their was no title on the line this time around both men were looking to score a win they each felt they needed. Arakwa had gone more than a year with out a win and had lost 3 of his previous 4. For Kondo he was returning from retirement and knew that a win here could re-announce him on the boxing world.
We won't ruin what happens but the fight is a solid contest and one we think you will enjoy, even with the issues that the video has.
In 2013 we had a number of great fights and whilst many of them, such as Koki Eto's bout with Kompayak Porpramook and even Takashi Miura's contest Sergio Thompson, did get over looked by most fans one fight really managed to capture the attention of fight fans around the world.
The bout that caught everyone's attention was the memorable battle between Japan's teak tough Nihito Arakawa and hard hitting American Omar Figueroa as the men traded blows for the interim WBC Lightweight title. At the nd of the fight however we saw Arakawa impressing everyone with his heart and toughness whilst Figueroa also impressed with his all action style and everyone seemed to rave about what an amazing contest it was.
If you've not seen it we won't ruin the result but we'd suggest you give it a watch below, then compare it to the Eto/Porpramook and Miura/Thompson bouts to decide for yourself which was the best.
Here we include some of the best, most interesting, most exciting or most eye catching videos from around the Asian boxing world.