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A look at the 522th Dynamic Glove

On March 1st Japanese boxing fans get treat to a fantastic looking show dubbed the “522th Dynamic Glove”. The show, put on by Watanabe gym, may not have a world title fight but it does have some very interesting substories of it’s own.

The major story of the card is, of course, the main event which will see Akio Shibata (21-8-1, 9) fighting against Daisuke Nakagawa (22-3-2, 17) for the second time.

When the men first met, back in June 2012, Shibata managed to take a narrow decision over Nakagawa and as a result claimed the Japanese Light Middleweight title. Since then both men have moved up a division and had success. Shibata is currently the OPBF Middleweigth champion whilst Nakagawa is the Japanese champion, as a result this fight will decide a unified double-champion.

Although the main event is clearly “the story” of the card it’s fair to suggest that the chief support bout will be just as important and may actually decide who the winner will need to defend against.

The chief support will see former world title challenger Makoto Fuchigami (20-8, 11), best known for being stopped by Gennady Golovkin, fighting against Hikaru Nishida (9-6-1, 3). This bout sees the men ranked 4 and 5 by the Japanese Boxing Commission and 10 and 11 by the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation, fighting to effectively get their chance at the unified champion.

Although some may ask why a fight between #4 and #5 will decide a mandatory challenger it’s because at least 2 of those ranked higher have other agendas. One of them is Ryota Murata who seems to have no intention of wasting at domestic level whilst the other is Nobuhiro Ishida who will be campaigning ay Heavyweight in his up coming bout.

Whilst those two bouts are the key fights on the show it’s hard not to make a note of Shin Ono (16-5-2, 2). The former OPBF Light Flyweight champion had to give up his title, which is now held by Naoya Inoue, last year after an injury. He’s now slowly career back under-way and will be expected to over-come the limited Takumi Suda (10-9-2, 2) in what will be Ono’s second bout following his injury.

Although Suda has an appalling looking record he is a lot better than a typical 10-9-2 fighter and only narrowly lost to Masayuki Kuroda just 2 fights ago. This may look like a mismatch but it should see just how much Ono has left in him and if he fails to see take a victory over Suda then it’s probably time for him to hang them up.

As well as the three bouts mentioned there are 4 others bouts expected to be on the card though none of them look particularly notable and none have any type of name value in them.

Scott Graveson covers the Asian boxing scene for www.asianboxing.info