Earlier this week we reported that Filipino sources had informed us that April 4th would be the day that we'd see Giemel Magramo (24-1, 20) and Junto Nakatani (20-0, 15) [中谷 潤人] clash for the vacant WBO Flyweight world title. Today that date, and other details of the bout, were confirmed, thanks to a press conference in Tokyo.
The press conference saw Nakatani, his trainer and his manager, attend the press event to announce the bout officially and to talk about not only the fight, but Nakatani's development as a fighter.
The full do coincide with what we did mention earlier in the week.
It will be April, at Korakuen Hall, in Tokyo, and it will be taking place as part of the Diamond Glove series of shows, meaning it will be televised across Japan on pay TV service G+. At the moment no other bouts for the card have been confirmed, but for a G+ card, in 2020, this is a huge coup for the channel and we suspect we'll get several decent domestic level fighters or prospects on the show.
Despite neither Nakatani or Magramo being Teiken fighters Teiken are said to be leading the event, though that was little surprise with Nakatani's Gym, the MT Gym, not really being too experienced at this level.
The 22 year old Nakatani, who has been a professional since he was 17, stated "I'm excited to finally be on the stage. I'm excited now that I can get the best title in the world," In regards to Magramo the unbeaten Japanese fighter stated the Filipino "had strong punches" and that his own game place was going to revolve around "keep a distance" .
Takahashi Okada, Nakatani's trainer and the man on the right of the photograph, "I think it's my role to be able to send out everything that Nakatani has accumulated for ten years since boxing began to the ring in perfect condition. He can show the best performance I will continue to support you as much as possible. "
Earlier in the year Nakatani had spent a month in the US, sparring 100 rounds stateside, including some with the then IBF and WBA "super" Super Bantamweight champion Daniel Roman. The plan for his preparations is to have a camp in Atami and then head back over to Los Angeles from early March. Part of the focus is on losing weight to make Flyweight, something he's not done in his last 2 fights though it's not something that's expected to be a problem.
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Tomorrow we see the 2020 edition of the Champion Carnival, the 41st Champion Carnival, kick off. The first bout of this year's champion Carnival will see Japanese Welterweight champion Yuki Nagano (17-2, 13) [永野祐樹] defending his title against mandatory challenger Keita Obara (22-4-1, 20) [小原 佳太], with their bout taking place at Korakuen Hall as part of a Dynamic Glove card which will be televised live on G+.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in for the contest and both fighters easily made weight, coming in at around 146.5lbs for the contest.
For Nagano this will be his second defense of the title that he won last year, when he stopped Ryota Yada. Although not a notable name outside of Japan Nagano is currently riding a 15 fight winning run, with 11 stoppages. That impressive winning run has included notable wins over Giraffe Kirin Kanda, in the 2015 All Japan Rookie of the Year, upcoming OPBF title challenger Riku Nagahama, current WBO Asia Pacific champion Yuki Beppu and the aforementioned Yada. He spoke confidently, and it seems like he is seeing this as a chance to move from Japanese domestic level and head into world level.
On the other hand Obara is very well known though is better known for his losses than his wins, including stoppages to Eduard Troyanovsky, Alvin Lagumbay and Kudratillo Abdukakhorov. He's looking to become a 2-weight Japanese champion, having previously held the Japanese Light Welterweight title, and has won 2 bouts since losing in a world title eliminator against Kudratillo Abdukakhorov. He suggested that a loss here is probably the end of his career, and it's clear that he does not want to risk a defeat to Nagano.
Interestingly Obara has only lost once to a Japanese opponent, and that was in his 2010 debut, when he was stopped in 5 rounds by Kazuyoshi Kumano.
Related - Champion Nagano faces Obara in Japanese title defense
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In 2019 one of our biggest complaints was the number of Dynamic Glove cards that G+ showed on delay. What we had began to expect as a regular, monthly, live broadcast was turned into a sometimes live sometimes tape delay event.
Thankfully to kick off 2019 G+ have listed both their January and February cards will be getting a live broadcast!
The January card, on January 18th, will be headlined by Kazuto Takesako (11-0-1, 11) [竹迫司登] challenging OPBF Middleweight champion Shinobu Charlie Hosokawa (12-4-1, 11) [細川チャーリー忍], in what is expected to be a humdinger, and will also see Takeshi Inoue's (15-1-1, 9) [井上 岳志] defending his WBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight title against Chinese challenger Cheng Su (14-2-1, 8) [蘇程].
The February card, set for February 1st, will be headlined by Japanese Welterweight champion Yuki Nagano (17-2, 13) [永野祐樹] defending his title against former world title challenger Keita Obara (22-4-1, 20) [小原 佳太] in a 2020 Champion Carnival bout. This card will also feature a Japanese Youth Super Featherweight bout between Ryusei Ishii (8-5-1, 5) [石井龍誠] and Yamato Hata (9-1, 9) [波田 大和].
Both of the shows are set to air between 17:45 local time and 22:00
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