Earlier today on Dangan 108 Japanese fans got to see the unbeaten Masayuki Ito (15-0-1, 6) score the best victory of his career and extend his winning record as he over-came former OPBF Super Featherweight champion Masao Nakamura (18-2, 18). Ito, stepping up in class in a big way, managed to make the most of his speed advantage and landed his jab regularly to force forced Nakamura to reset when he was wanting to land bombs.
The bout did see it's moments of very slow paced action but it was Ito who was landing the sharp and telling blows and although he never really hurt Nakamura he did land the scoring shots.
For Nakamura this will be a day to forget. He entered the bout ranked by both the IBF and the WBA. It's likely he'll lose both of those world rankings next time they are updated. For Ito he may be able to take the IBF ranking though it would seem likely that his focus will not be on either the Japanese title, currently held by Rikki Naito, or the OBF title, currently held by Jomthong Chuwatana.
This isn't the end for Nakamura but it does end his dreams of facing fellow KO artist Takashi Uchiyama in his next few fights. That bout between KO artists would have been fun but looking at this result it'd be hard to imagine Nakamura beating "KO Dynamite". The time to rebuild is now for Nakamura who needs to work on things if he's to have the major success he'll be hoping for.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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