Earlier today we were informed that Ioka gym prospect Masayoshi Nakatani (10-0, 5) was to return to the ring on August 28th to make the next defense of his OPBF Lightweight title. The lanky Japanese boxer-puncher, who has already recorded 3 defenses of the belt, is scheduled to face the streaking Kazuya Murata (11-4, 5), who has won his last 6 after a 5-4 (2) start to his career.
The champion began his career looking like an amazing prospect and quickly raced through the ranks with a notable win over Shuhei Tsuchiya in just his 6th bout before out pointing Yoshitaka Kato for the OPBF belt. Since then however things have been less than explosive for the 5'11" fighter who has taken 3 decision wins and seen his once impressive KO rate drop to just 50%. Although no longer looking like a big puncher he is talented and makes the most of his height and reach to out boxing opponents and is compiling a solid record whilst slowly breaking into, and edging up, the world rankings.
As for Murata he began his career with a bit of a struggling losing his 3rd, 6th, 8th and 9th professional bouts. Since then however he has shown significant improvements and has scored notable wins over Futoshi Usamu and Kazuyasu Okamoto. Aged 27 he knows that this will be a fantastic opportunity but he will need to give a career best performance to upset the current champion who appears to be heading towards a world title shot sooner, rather than later.
From what we understand this bout will be regarded as a mandatory defense for Nakatani and will take place in the Kobe Central Gymnasium
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