In April 2015 Japanese youngster Junto Nakatani (14-0, 11) [中谷 潤人] made his professional debut. The following year he claimed the Rookie of the Year crown at Flyweight and in 2017 he became the first ever Japanese Youth Flyweigth champion. Today he continued his impressive rise and made a statement on G+ as he stopped Filipino foe Jeronil Borres (8-4-1, 5) in just 116 seconds!
On paper the bout was an interesting one, between two talented youngsters. Although Borres had 3 losses going into the bout they had included a razor thin majority decision to Richard Claveras in 2016 and a very controversial decision loss in Korea to Joo Hyun Jung last year, and he had proven to be tough and very under-rated, as seen in his recent win over Robert Onggocan.
Despite the intrigue the bout quickly turned into a mismatch, with the baby faced Nakatani simply being too big, too strong and too powerful for the 22 year old visitor.
Borres showed ambition early on but a body shot from Nakatani clearly hurt the visitor and opened the door to a concentrated attack from the Japanese fighter. That attack saw him land to the body again and drop Borres, who was in agony and made no real attempt to get up from the shot.
Following a 2017 that saw Nakatani go 4-0 (3) we're expecting really big things of the 20 year old from the MT gym and we're now expecting to see him stay busy in 2018 whilst moving towards bouts for either the Japanese or OPBF Flyweight titles. It's maybe a touch too early for him to be fighting for that level of title, but by the end of 2018 we'd expect to see Nakatani being forcused on getting a shot at one of the senior titles.
For Borres the loss is a painful one. He will bounce back from it, but this sort of set back is one that could take time to rebuild from.
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