WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight champion Yuki Nonaka (33-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] will be making his first defense on September 16th at the EDION Arena Osaka, as part of “Champ Fight Vol 9”.
His opponent is South Korean Korean puncher Yang Hyun Min (8-2, 7) [양현민], who will be looking to claim his third title, following wins for the South Korean Middleweight and WBA Asia Middleweight titles.
The talented Nonaka will be looking to make his first defense, following his big title win earlier in the year against Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa, and at the age of 41 he really has shown what simple commitment to his craft and being technically well schooled can do for a fighters longevity. With 46 bouts to his name Nonaka has typically avoided wars, relying on textbook skills and really good basics to have regular success on the regional and national scenes.
Min on the other hand is a bit of an unknown but his record suggests that can certainly punch, with 5 wins in the first 2 rounds, though we do wonder whether the power can carry up to legitimate regional level.
The bout hasn’t been confirmed by anyone in Japan but our Korean sources have informed us that Min has been given the green light from the relevant Korean authorities.
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