Earlier today Japanese fans got a real treat as Junto Nakatani (13-0, 10) [中谷 潤人] battled Seigo Yuri Akui (11-1-1, 7) [ユーリ阿久井 政悟] in a bout for the Japanese Youth Flyweight crown. The bout was highly anticipated by those who follow the Japanese scene, with fans expecting something a bit special. Those fans weren't to be let down as we got a thriller, albeit a bit of a one sided thriller, with non-stop action.
The taller, longer, Nakatani was expected to use his size to fight at range but instead he fought Akui's bout, and the two of them really went to town on he inside, trading heavy leather in a non-stop, inside war. It seemed like the wrong tactics rom Nakatani, but he made the most of his natural size and strength and seemed to be able to take the shots of Akui well, whilst breaking the body of his foe with some brutal body shots.
With Nakatani's shots having a more visible effect than those of Akui he was racking up the roads, and the cards were all shut outs in his favour going into round 6, despite Akui having real moments of his own. The damage suffered to Akui began to grow in round in round 6, and Akui's defenses fell apart as Nakatani amped up the pressure and work rate until the referee saved Akui.
The non-stop action gave the fans something really enjoyable whilst the performance really proved how good Nakatani is, and he deservedly took the MVP award for the Japanese Youth Tournament.
For Nakatani the win will be a huge boost as he looks to make a mark on the Japanese and Oriental title scene, whilst Akui looks likely to drop down to 108lbs, where he is unlikely to be bullied like he was here.
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