Earier today fight fans in Osaka saw OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (14-0, 8) [中谷 正義] record his 7th defense of the title, as he out pointed Filipino challenger Kaewfah Tor Buamas (23-2, 16) [แก้วฟ้า สวนปาล์มฟาร์มนก]. Sadly despite the win it seemed like he impressed nobody, including himself with a critical view of his own performance after the bout.
The Japanese fighter was the faller taller and rangier fighter, and managed to control the fight by using his size and speed, but struggled to ever break through the defenses of the Thai, who mae it clear he hadn't come to just roll over. Instead of coming to lose Kaewfah fought intelligently, looking to land single right hand counters on the champion, who never really looked comfortable.
The challenger, who was a smarter fighter than some that Nakatani had been fighting recently, did enough early on to be in the fight after 4, with the scores being 39-37, twice for Nakatani and 38-38. But from there on he slid behind, not winning anything until round 8, by which point Nakatani was in a comfortable lead. A lead that he would kep to the final bell when he was awarded the decision, with scores of 118-110, 116-113 and 115-113
Although the champion was frustrated at himself for failing to crack the Kaewfah code, he seemed to take some positives and it's clear that he will be looking to move onwards and upwards. Sadly though it's unclear if he keeps defending this title or looks to change things up, though it does seem like something needs a change after this relatively flat performance.
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Tomrrow fight fans in Japan will get the chance to see OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (13-0, 8) [中谷 正義] defending his title against Kaewfah Tor Buamas (23-1, 16) [แก้วฟ้า สวนปาล์มฟาร์มนก], in what will be the next step towards the winner getting a potential world title fight later in the year.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men made weight.
On the scales Nakatani was 135lbs, bang on the limit, and although he seemed confident of recording his 7th defense of the title there was some questioning how well he had made weight, with some stating that he wasn't looking at his best. It also looked like he had a small bit of marking under his left eye and question marks have been raised by some about his camp for the fight.
The Thai was marginally lighter, coming in at 134.7lbs, and looked in good shape, and was confident of taking the Orientlal title back to Thailand. Although a win for Kaewfah would be a major upset his confidence was alarmign and it's obvious that he's not travelled to just roll over.
Nakatani takes on Kaewfah in defense of Oriental crown
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A few days ago wereported that KTV would be airing the up coming world title bout between WBA regular Super Bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeno (26-5-1-1, 15) and Japanese challenger Shun Kubo (11-0, 8) [久保隼]. Since we reported that it's since been revealed that KTV won't be the only channel airing the bout.
The news now is that KTV's affailited BS channel BS Fuji will also be airing the bout, across Japan for subscribers of the service.
Although not available for free, like KTV, the channel is available across Japan and interestingly the channel looks set to have a slightly longer time slot than the KTV telecast, with BS Fuji showing the bout between 17:00 and 18:25 on Sunday.
Sadly for those set to watch on BS Fuji it does look like it will be a tape delayed broadcast, as KTV are showing the live contest between 16:00 and 16:55, whilst the BS Fuji broadcast doesn't actually start until 17:00 as mentioned. Still for those fans not in Kansai it does give them a chance to watch the bout,even if it's not live.
A bit of brighter news is that therw will be legal live streams for the under-card supporting bouts, including the Japanese Minimumweight title bout between Reiya Konishi (12-0, 5) [小西 伶弥] and Masataka Taniguchi (6-0, 4) [谷口 将隆] as well as the OPBF Lightweight title bout between Masayoshi Nakatani (13-0, 8) [中谷 正義] and Kaewfah Tor Buamas (23-1, 16) [แก้วฟ้า สวนปาล์มฟาร์มนก]. Sadly we've not yet been made aware of where on the internet those bouts will be shown.
Kubo challenges champion Cermeno!
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Next Sunday fight fans in Kansai will be able to see Shun Kubo (11-0, 8) [久保隼] challenge WBA regular Super Bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeno (26-5-1-1, 15). Sadly though it appears that only fight fans in Kansai will get the chance to see the bout live.
The bout, which will see Kubo take part in his first world title bout and potentially become the next champion from the Shinsei gym, will be aired live on Kansai TV at 16:00 local time.
For those unaware of how Japanese TV works it means only fans with in the Kansai area will be able to watch the bout, with those outside of the region unable to see it live. Though there is a chance that it will aired on delay across the country in the days, or weeks perhaps, that follow the bout.
It's a shame that no channel in Kanto will be airing the contest live and it's an even bigger shame that the under-card will not be aired live either. Thankfully though their is speculation that the under-card may be shown on delay, as Kansai have done in the past. There is also a slim chance that a deal will be done for the under-card to be added to one of the online services that currently show Japanese fighters.
The under-card it's self has two title bouts on it. One of those will see Reiya Konishi (12-0, 5) [小西 伶弥] battle against Masataka Taniguchi (6-0, 4) [谷口 将隆] for the vacant Japanese Minimumweight title whilst the other will see OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (13-0, 8) [中谷 正義] defending his title against Kaewfah Tor Buamas (23-1, 16) [แก้วฟ้า สวนปาล์มฟาร์มนก]. Hopefully those bouts will recieve some television coverage on delay.
We've known since early February that Shun Kubo (11-0, 8) [久保隼] would challenge WBA regular Super Bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeno (26-5-1-1, 15) on April 9th, and we've also known that the card that bout would be on would feature a Japanese title fight and an OPBF title fight.
The Japanese title fight, which was ordered by the JBC as part of the Champion Carnival, will see unbeaten men collide as Kubo's stablemate Reiya Konishi (12-0, 5) [小西 伶弥] battles against Watanabe Gym's Masataka Taniguchi (6-0, 4) [谷口 将隆].
Whilst that Japanese title bout has long been known about we didn't know who OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (13-0, 8) [中谷 正義] would be defending his title against. That's now changed and we now know that Nakatani will be defending his title against Thailand's Kaewfah Tor Buamas (23-1, 16) [แก้วฟ้า สวนปาล์มฟาร์มนก], who was last in action in November against Czar Amonsot who stopped him in 7 rounds.
The Thai makes for a good looking opponent on paper, but a questionable one with Kaewfah coming in to this bout on the back of a loss, and previous struggles to make Lightweight. If he can make the weight comfortably he will make for a decent test for Nakatani, who will be seeking his 7th defense following previous wins over the likes of Ricky Sismundo, Futoshi Usami and Allan Tanada, but there is a genuine chance that the Thai will have depleted himself whilst making the 135lb limit for this bout.
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