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Murata to face Nerio in fourth pro fight

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Middleweight boxer Ryota Murata will take on Mexico’s Jesus Angel Nerio on May 22 in his fourth professional bout, his promotional team announced Monday. It will be a special event for Murata, who has gone 3-0 since turning pro last summer, because he returns to his native Kansai to box ...

Inoue captures world title in sixth pro bout

Apr 7, 2014

Inoue captures world title in sixth pro bout

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Phenom Naoya Inoue, nicknamed “the Monster” for his unparalleled talent and considered the next big thing in Japanese professional boxing, took his first step toward greatness on Sunday night. The 20-year-old defeated champion Adrian Hernandez of Mexico with a sixth-round technical knockout and became ...

Light flyweight Inoue captures world title in sixth pro bout

Apr 6, 2014

Light flyweight Inoue captures world title in sixth pro bout

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Phenom Naoya Inoue, nicknamed “the Monster” for his unparalleled talent and considered the next big thing in Japanese professional boxing, took his first step toward greatness on Sunday night. The 20-year-old defeated champion Adrian Hernandez of Mexico with a sixth-round technical knockout and became ...

Apr 3, 2014

Former champion Nashiro retires

Kinki University said Thursday that former WBA super flyweight champion Nobuo Nashiro has hung up his gloves and he has become head coach of the college’s boxing club that he used to belong to. Nashiro, 32, became world champion in July 2006 in only ...

Mar 19, 2014

Daiki Kameda to return IBF super flyweight title belt

Daiki Kameda, who controversially retained his IBF super flyweight crown despite a defeat last December, said Wednesday that he is returning the belt. “It’s bad since I lost. This I admit,” said Kameda at Narita airport before departing for training in the United States. ...

Mar 12, 2014

Tomoki Kameda leaves for training in Miami

WBO bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda departed for training in Miami on Wednesday, saying his overseas trip will be just what he needs to become a world-class fighter. As things turn out, it is also the perfect opportunity for him to leave behind his troubles ...

Mar 4, 2014

Kogawa loses interim WBA flyweight title bout

Takuya Kogawa lost a close decision to Thai Yodmongkol Vorsaengthep on Tuesday in a bid for the interim WBA flyweight crown. The judges gave the 2-0 decision to Yodmongkol in the 12-rounder in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. “I was the weaker fighter,” said the 28-year-old ...

Mar 3, 2014

Koseki matches record with 13th title defense

Momo Koseki successfully defended her WBC atomweight crown for the 13th time Monday, beating Thai challenger Angor Onesongchaigym to match Yoko Gushiken’s Japanese men’s record for consecutive title defenses. Koseki stopped 10th-ranked Angor at 1 minute, 43 seconds, in the ninth round at Tokyo’s ...

Murata earns fourth-round TKO

Feb 22, 2014

Murata earns fourth-round TKO

London Olympic middleweight gold medalist Ryota Murata scored a fourth-round technical knockout of Brazilian Carlos Nascimento in his third professional boxing nontitle bout on Saturday. The referee stepped in to stop the bout 43 seconds into the fourth round at Cotai Arena at the ...

Feb 13, 2014

Light flyweight Inoue gets WBC title shot on April 6

Naoya Inoue will take his first crack at a world title in April, when he fights WBC light flyweight champion Adrian Hernandez of Mexico, Ohashi Gym said Thursday. The fight, scheduled for April 6 at Ota City General Gymnasium, will be the sixth of ...

Feb 11, 2014

Yamanaka, Hasegawa to box in April world title doubleheader

Shinsuke Yamanaka, the WBC bantamweight champ, and Hozumi Hasegawa, a former world champion in two different weight classes, will each fight in a world title doubleheader on April 23, it was announced Tuesday. Yamanaka will be making his sixth title defense, while Hasegawa is ...

Feb 7, 2014

JBC refuses to renew licenses for Kameda Gym, key management

The Japan Boxing Commission said Friday that the gym where the three Kameda brothers, Daiki, Koki and Tomoki, train will be severely punished. Shinji Yoshii, the gym’s chairman, and manager Satoshi Shima will not have their licenses renewed by the JBC over the manner ...