Earlier today in Osaka fight fans saw OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (17-0, 11) [中谷正義] make his 10th successful defense and score a stoppage win over talented youngster Izuki Tomioka (5-1-1, 1) [富岡樹].
The bout started tentatively, with both men trying to establish their jabs. Typically that's a battle that Nakatani would win based on his freakish size, but this time it was Tomioka who took control by boxing on the on to the back foot and using his speed. The back foot boxing of Tomioka was impressing the judges with the challenger in a comfortable lead on two of the cards when the scores were announced at the end of round 4. The champion however was leading on the third card and looked to be finding his rhythm.
In round 6 Nakatani had a big break through, dropping the challenger with a short right hand. The knockdown helped him take the lead when the scores were announced at the end of of round 8, and he seemed to be taking control, despite head clashes leaving both men cut. Tomioka, who had never been beyond 8 rounds, was slowing and his foot work was becoming less crisp that allowed Nakatani to control things with more ease and in round 11 he rocked Tomioka with a hard right hand, before following up and forcing the referee to save the youngster with just 20 seconds of the penultimate round left.
After the bout Nakatani spoke about moving on to a world title bout, something he has been speaking about for a while. It seems like he and his team know it will be hard to get a shot at a Lightweight champion but they are pursuing one with more intent now. Tomioka mentioned the knockdown was painful, and on review it does seem that was the start of his downfall. He did however put up an excellent performance in just his 7th bout and it's clear that he impressed despite the loss, and will be expected to bounce back and eventually win an OPBF title, perhaps in a few years when his body has matured just that little bit more.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Osaka will be able to see OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (16-0, 10) [中谷正義] take on Izuki Tomioka (5-0-1, 1) [富岡樹]. The bout will be Nakatani's 10th defense of the OPBF crown whilst Tomioka will be looking to claim his second title as a professional fighter, after having held the Japanese Youth Lightweight title.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both men made the 135lb limit.
On the scales the champion was bang on the 135lb limit. As usual he looked strong at the weigh in and despite being a somewhat wiry fighter with long arms and legs he looked powerful and great on the scales. He predicted that eh would stop Tomioka and would retain his title for his 10th defense, though it does seem like he's wanting bigger and better challenges, including world title fights rather than continuing at the regional level.
Tomioka came in just under the limit, at 134.7lbs and he seemed incredibly confident of scoring a career defining victory and "bringing the belt back to Tokyo". He will be stepping up in class massively though has impressed with wins over the likes of Yuichiro Kasuya, to claim the Japanese youth title, and Taiju Shiratori, who he defended the national youth title against.
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Earlier today saw the news that OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (16-0, 10) [中谷正義] would be returning to the ring on July 29th to make his 10th defense of the title. The long reigning champion will be up against unbeaten 21 year old challenger Izuki Tomioka (5-0-1, 1) [富岡樹], a former Japanese Lightweight Youth champion.
Nakatani has been the OPBF champion since January 2014, when he beat Yoshitaka Kato, and has since run up a string of defenses against a mix back of opponents. His first defense saw him defeat Ricky Sismundo, in what was a really impressive performance, but since then wins over the likes of Accel Sumiyoshi, Allan Tanada and Ryan Sermona have done little to enhance the champions reputation. In fact in the eyes of many who have followed his career it does seem like Nakatani's career has stalled, when it should have been built on following early career wins over Kato, Sismundo and Shuhei Tscuhiya.
As for the youngster he was a former amateur standout who turned professional with a little bit of hype. He looked great in his early bouts, shining particularly brightly against Shun Shimazaki in his third bout. He would claim the Japanese the Japanese Youth Lightweight title in just his 4th bout, defeating Yuichiro Kasuya, and would defend the title twice, with his second defense being a technical draw against Kaki Yuba in February.
For Nakatani a win will be expected, but he'll have to show how he can cope with a slippery, boxer mover. As for Tomioka the bout is a massive step up in class, but a win will put his name on the boxing map.
For fans interested in watching this contest, it will take place at the EDISON Arena Osaka, in Osaka city, the home city of the champion.
Earlier today fight fans in Osaka had the chance to see OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (16-0, 10) [中谷 正義] record his 9th defense of the title, as he over-came Thai foe Pharanpetch Tor Buamas (22-3, 18) [AKA Amphol Suriyo] in a 1-sided affair.
The Japanese fighter used his height and reach to dictate the distance from the off, using his jab and movement to keep the much shorter Thai at arms reach. It wasn't an exciting start but one that saw Nakatani control the bout and stay safe, away from the vaunted power of the Thai slugger.
As the rounds went on Nakatani slow broke down the challenger and in round 3 Nakatani began to unload his right hand. The round was one of the few where the Thai had some success, landing some body shots, but it was over shadowed by the better work of Nakatani who again showed off his skills up close when he needed to. The following round a head clash took place, cutting the challenger over the left eye and left him bleeding as well as looking unable to really pressure the champion. Things went from bad to worse for for Pharanpetch in round 5 as he was dropped late in the round. He was then stopped the following round as Nakatani dropped him for the 10 count.
The idea now seems to be for Nakatani to chase world titles, but this seems to have been the idea for quite some time and it's become a bit of a frustrating for fans of the fighter.
On the under-card fans saw former world title challenger Sho Ishida (25-1, 14) [石田 匠] score a 3rd round KO win against big punching Thai Lucky Tor Buamas (12-2, 12) [Ratchanon Sawangsoda], who went down for the count following a body shot. There was also wins for Masayoshi Hashizume (15-0-1, 10) [橋詰将義] and Kazusa Arai (3-1, 2) [新井一颯], who both scored decisions, however the once touted Futa Akizuki (10-2, 8) [秋月楓大] suffered his second straight loss, losing a shock decision to Takuya Fujioka (8-8-1, 1) [藤岡拓弥].
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Tomorrow in Osaka fight fans will be able to see OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (15-0, 9) [中谷 正義] defending his title against Thai foe Pharanpetch Tor Buamas (22-2, 18) [AKA Amphol Suriyo]. For the champion it will be his 9th defense, whilst the Thai will be seeking a carrer best win.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both men made weight.
On the scales the defending champion was bang on the 135lb Lightweight limit and looked in great shape. Not only did he tower over the challenger but he seemed relaxed, confident and like a man who knows he's going towin, and going to make one more step towards a long awaited world title fight.
As for the Thai he passed with some room to spare, coming in at 133.8lbs. Despite being just over 1lb lighter than his Japanese opponent he looked several divisions smaller than Nakatani who clear has reach and height advantages, as well as the edge in skills and being the one fighting at home.
Sadly from what we understand this bout won't be avilable to watch online and there is no reports of any scheduled television coverages.
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