By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Formerly world-rated ex-OPBF super-welter champ Yuki Nonaka (24-8-2, 8 KOs), 160, displayed a fine form in demolishing Thailand’s Ekapop Mor Krungthep Thonburi (11-7-1, 4 KOs), 158.5, with a vicious southpaw left at 2:24 of the fourth session on Monday in Osaka, Japan. Nonaka captured the OPBF 154-pound belt on an eighth round technical decision over Kazuhiko Hidaka in a grudge fight in 2009, but yielded the belt to Akio Shibata on points in his first defense. Nonaka, however, defeated previously unbeaten world contender Dmytro Nikulin of Ukraine by an upset verdict here in September 2010, and stays unbeaten since. The Japanese six-footer Nonaka looked too much for the younger Thailander, who attempted to land direct rights to the taller southpaw, but Nonaka kept outpunching him and finally exploded a wicked left to have him down for the count. Nonaka is gunning for a shot at a regional championship of any organization in the super-welter category.
In the main event, ex-OPBF middleweight champ Tetsuya Suzuki (29-11, 17 KOs), 159.75, needed only 3:09 to polish off another Thailander Udomsin Nonpitayakom, 159.75, in a scheduled eight.