The first OPBF title fight of 2014 took place on January 11th as the unbeaten and much touted Masayoshi Nakatani challenged the teak tough Yoshitaka Kato for the OPBF Lightweight strap. The bout was a coming of age contest for the challenger who really was given a tough, tough test and for the champion it was a lesson in starting too late and not making the most of what tools he has.
The bout was genuinely a perfect way to kick off a new year and saw both men putting the new year behind them as they exchanged some fantastic action. It was far from a fight of the year contender but it was still a very enjoyable contest between a grizzled veteran and a young upstart who appears to be on a march towards a world title.
Whilst the fight really did show neither man was ready to move beyond OPBF level it will have helped both progress and become better fights and we'd certainly not mind seeing a rematch in in the next year or two.
(Video courtesy of Yossy112311)
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