Who Is Nihito Arakawa?

On July 27, 2013 a fight between Omar Figueroa and Nihito Arakawa in San Antonio brought a new star to light. Previous to this bout, few in America had ever heard of Nihito Arakawa, as all of his 28 fights had taken place in Japan, save a 2012 bout against Daniel Estrada in Mexico. After the Figueroa fight, many boxing fans including myself were wondering “how have I never heard of this guy?” The Arakawa we watched go the distance against a far stronger Figueroa reminded many of us of a small Rocky Balboa, although Arakawa lacks the punching power to turn a fight into a dramatic underdog victory after losing nearly every round.

Arakawa is a 31 year old, lightweight southpaw from Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan. He has 24 wins with 16 coming by knockout, as well as 3 losses and a draw. Although we cannot find a lot of footage on Arakawa to study, what we know from the Figueroa fight is that this guy will not go away, no matter what he is hit with, he gets up and keeps coming forward, throwing punches the entire time. He was knocked down twice in the Figueroa fight, neither time looking like he was going to be able to be finished, as he seems to have an ability to fight through adversity much like Arturo Gatti.

What we know is that Arakawa lacks real pop on his punches, which will limit his ability to actually win against world-class competition. We also know that he is unbelievably tough and a lot of fun to watch. If an accumulation of light punches is a potential weakness in an opponents game, then Arakawa can win all day long.


Nihito Arakawa
sex male
birthdate 1981-12-23 (age 31)
division lightweight
stance southpaw
height 5′ 8″ / 173cm
reach 71″ / 180cm
country Japan
residence Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan
birth place Musashino, Tokyo, Japan
won 24 (KO 16) + lost 3 (KO 0) + drawn 1 = 28
rounds boxed 169 KO% 57.14

2013-07-27 Omar Figueroa 21-0-1
AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas, USA L UD 12 12
referee: Laurence Cole | judge: Max DeLuca 107-119 | judge: Jose Guerra 108-118 | judge: Dave Moretti 108-118
interim WBC lightweight title (supervisor: Robert Lenhardt)
Arakawa down in rounds two and six
2013-05-04 Pakphum Tor Pornchai 0-1-0
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan W KO 2 10
time: 0:29
2012-11-24 Daniel Estrada 29-2-1
Foro Polanco, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico L TD 10 12
time: 3:00 | referee: Eddie Claudio | judge: Thomas Nardone 92-98 | judge: Jack Woodburn 91-99 | judge: Zac Young 92-98
WBC Silver lightweight title (supervisor: Rogelio Ibarra)
Estrada cut left eye and point deduction on Arakawa in rd 5 nullified on replay review – caused by punch rather than headbutt
Bout stopped end of rd 10 Estrada swollen right eye due to accidental elbow on replay review
2012-08-13 Takehiro Shimada 27-5-1
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan W TKO 8 12
time: 2:59 | referee: Yuji Fukuchi | judge: Suehiro Tsuchiya | judge: Toshio Sugiyama | judge: Katsuhiko Nakamura
OPBF lightweight title
2012-02-28 Ryuji Migaki 17-2-0
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan W UD 12 12
referee: Nobuaki Uratani | judge: Suehiro Tsuchiya 116-112 | judge: Katsuhiko Nakamura 117-112 | judge: Kazunobu Asao 118-111
OPBF lightweight title
2011-10-04 Jay Solmiano 11-0-1
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan W SD 12 12
referee: Jae-Bong Kim 115-114 | judge: Akihiko Katsuragi 115-113 | judge: Romeo Yulo 112-115
vacant OPBF lightweight title
2011-06-13 Masanori Shoda 14-7-1
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan W TKO 4 10
time: 2:04
Japanese lightweight title
2011-01-08 Hiroshi Nakamori 29-2-1
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan W TKO 8 10
time: 0:55
Japanese lightweight title
2010-09-04 Mitsuya Omura 13-4-0
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan W TKO 5 10
time: 0:54
Japanese lightweight title
2010-04-22 Akihiro Kondo 13-1-0
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan W MD 10 10
96-94 | 96-94 | 95-95
Japanese lightweight title
2009-11-21 Ryuji Nishihara 15-5-0
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan W UD 8 8
80-73 | 80-73 | 79-73
2009-05-05 Petchbanpran Sakchatree 0-1-0
Keio Plaza Hotel, Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan W KO 5 10
time: 1:40
2009-01-24 Shinya Yoroizuka 11-2-1
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan W TKO 6 8
time: 2:25
2008-09-20 Randy Suico 28-3-0
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan D MD 12 12
114-115 | 114-114 | 114-114
OPBF lightweight title
2008-06-01 Jamed Jalarante 13-5-1
Bunka Hall, Shimoda, Shizuoka, Japan W TKO 5 10
time: 0:05
2007-11-14 Ramuna Purba 1-1-1
Keio Plaza Hotel, Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan W KO 1 8
time: 1:51
2007-04-21 Tomoya Endo 8-5-0
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan W TKO 8 8
time: 2:11
2006-09-16 Yoshitaka Kato 8-1-1
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan L MD 8 8
76-78 | 76-77 | 77-77
2006-04-26 Yoshinobu Sakai 5-2-0
Keio Plaza Hotel, Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan W KO 3 6
time: 2:11
2005-12-18 Daiki Koide 6-0-1
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan W MD 6 6
58-55 | 58-56 | 57-57
2005-11-03 Yoshitaka Kato 6-0-1
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan W SD 6 6
58-57 | 58-57 | 56-58
2005-09-28 Shunsuke Takeuchi 5-2-0
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan W KO 4 4
time: 1:49
2005-08-18 Motoyoshi Yamauchi 5-2-2
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan W UD 4 4
40-37 | 39-37 | 39-38
2005-05-27 Hiroyuki Nagasaki 2-0-0
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan W TKO 1 4
time: 2:32
2005-03-29 Chikamori Hamabe 2-1-0
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan W KO 2 4
time: 2:28
2004-10-30 Takuma Maeda 1-1-0
Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan W UD 4 4
40-36 | 40-37 | 40-37
2004-05-05 Yuki Nakazawa 1-0-0
Keio Plaza Hotel, Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan W TKO 2 4
time: 1:01
2004-02-10 Makoto Yamashita debut
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan W KO 1 4
time: 2:21

Author: Santopietro

My name is Raymond Santopietro. I live in Las Vegas, the boxing capital of the world, and I have been analyzing fighters, styles, matchups and fights for more than a decade. I am currently a writer and photographer for several publications, and am self employed working as a Las Vegas web developer and Las Vegas SEO at Focus Internet Services.

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