On paper the contest looked an interesting one with Nakatani entering not only as the champion but as a highly touted prospect in the Lightweight division whilst Usami entered as a man with a punchers reputation. Sadly however the bout proved to be relatively one sided and Usami's much vaunted power never became an issue due to Nakatani's complete control of the bout.
Early on Nakatani established his sharp and accurate left jab using his height and reach advantage perfectly to control his shorter foe who struggled to land almost anything of note early on.
Whilst in control Nakatani began to move through the gears, using the jab to open up his arsenal of punches whilst also fighting safely well in the knowledge that the bout was his as long as he remain on his feet.
The control of the champion did seem to come too easy and late on he cruised a little bit too much losing a round or two late in the fight, by then however he was likely thinking about who he would like to make his next defense against.
When the cards were read out they did little more than state the obvious with Nakatani winning widely with scores of 119-111, 118-111 and 118-110.
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