Earlier today WBO Flyweight champion Junto Nakatani (21-0, 16) [中谷 潤人] along with MT Gym stable mate Teppei Saito (4-2, 2) [齋藤哲平] took part in a joint event calling for donations to go towards the Atami City Disaster Relief Fund.
For those unaware the donations are being collected to help those in the Atami region following a recent mudslide that devastated the area earlier this month, killing a number of people, leaving dozens more missing and damaging over 100 buildings.
The two men have got links to the area, with Saito taking up boxing in Atami and studying at the "FIST" Boxing school and Nakatani taking part in camp in the area before his world title fight last year.
Atami spoke about how he was familiar with the area that was effected due to his time at "FIST" and that people he knew directly had been involved in the damage.
It's worth noting that "FIST" was around 5 minutes from the regions damaged, and although is it's still standing it is currently closed.
As with other cases of sports people trying to help with social aspects, the two men here really are raising the profile of the issues that have affected Atami recently and for those looking to give donations the official channel to do so is through the Atami City website, which can be found here:
Back on June 2nd "The Gondol" reported that the purse bids for the WBO Flyweight world title bout, between champion Junto Nakatani (21-0, 16) [中谷 潤人] and mandatory challenger Angel Acosta (22-2, 21), had been cancelled with the two teams agreeing that Teiken would take control of sorting the bout out.
Today it was reported by a leading Japanese boxing site that Teiken have indeed sorted the details of the bout out, along with close American allies Top Rank, with Akihiko Honda revealing the bout will take place on a Top Rank card in Arizona on Friday September 10th!
It was revealed that the original plan had been to hold the bout on May 29th, something that was widely reported, at the Ryogoku Kokugikan, however those planned were scrapped before they were ever officially announced due to an uptick in Covid19 cases in Japan. That up tick resulted in a number of regions going into a state of emergency, including the region where the fight was being planned.
For Nakatani the bout a huge one, especially on the back of his title win against Giemel Magramo last year. It will not only be his first defense of the WBO title, but it will also be his international debut, and his first chance to show a global audience what he can really do. It will also be a fantastic chance to build a fan base, and link a potential longer term deal with Top Rank, who are one of the biggest promoters in the world and have long been allies of Teiken.
As for Acosta this will be a chance for him to become a 2-weight world champion, having previously held the WBO Light Flyweight title, and get chance to take a win over a Japanese fighter after Kosei Tanaka (15-1, 9) [田中恒成] gave him his first loss, back in 2017.
According to the reliable "The Gondol" purse bids for the WBO Flyweight world title bout between reigning champion Junto Nakatani (21-0, 16) [中谷 潤人] and mandatory title defense against Puerto Rican challenger Angel Acosta (22-2, 21), had been cancelled.
The purse bids were supposed to take place yesterday but were cancelled shortly before hand when the teams reached an agreement that Teiken would control the event.
However, and this is a huge "however", there was no date or venue of a potential bout mentioned in the article. Just that Teiken would control the event, on behalf of Nakatani. This could well mean the event ends up in Japan, though could also see the bout taking place in the US, potentially seeing Teiken work with long term partners Top Rank or Golden Boy to help promote the bout stateside.
Félix 'Tutico' Zabala, from All Star Boxing, is quote as saying he'd love to take the fight to Florida, and whilst Japan seems a better fit for Nakatani he has been open about wanting to fight in the US, and competing in Florida, on a decent card in the US would make a lot of sense to growing his international profile. And it would also be easier to organise, especially given how the covid19 situation is in Japan right now.
If the purse bid had gone ahead the event would have been held within 90 days, giving a potential early September or late August date, and would have seen the purse split 75/25 in favour of the champion. If the date still holds then we could expect an announcement shortly.
Earlier today the WBO issued a notice regarding the situation of their Flyweight champion Junto Nakatani (21-0, 16) [中谷 潤人] and his mandatory title defense against Puerto Rican challenger Angel Acosta (22-2, 21).
The bout, which had been strongly rumoured for May 29th before parts of Japan were put under their latest State of Emergency ended those rumours, will now see purse bids take place on June 1st at the WBO headquarters.
The minimum permitted bid is $80,000 (USD), and the notice has been sent to openly to promoters willing to host the bout.
Rumours, for a long time, was that terms had been reached between the fighters, though those plans had been left in limbo due to the pandemic, which is likely to continue to be an issue for the forseeable future.
From the pomoters interested we will likely see Teiken make a bid to get the bout in Japan, though could also see several bouts over in the West, with Acosta's promoter certainly being interested in getting their man home advantage, or even getting the bout held in the USA. Interestingly a bout in the US is something that Nakatani would likely be happy about, as he has been about wanting to fight in the US and has, prior to the pandemic, travelled Stateside for training camps.
With the purse bid set for June 1st the bout will hopefully have a date and venue sorted soon and we can see both of these talented, and exciting, fighters back in the ring sooner rather than later.
Last week WBO Flyweight champion Junto Nakatani (21-0, 16) [中谷 潤人] spoke about his up coming plans and how he was preparing with the hope of defending his title in late May or early June, though no date or opponent was set in stone. Whilst there was nothing concrete the belief was that the bout would be a mandatory defense against Puerto Rican puncher Angel Acosta (22-2, 21). Today it appears that bout has now been agreed.
According to Jorge L Pérez, writing for the reliable "TheGondol", Acosta will indeed face Nakatani in late May, more specifically May 29th, with the bout taking place in Japan.
The full details of the show haven't yet been confirmed, though Pérez cites Robert Diaz as the source of the information.
For Nakatani the bout will be his first defense of the title he won late last year, when he stopped Giemel Magramo, and would be a great chance for him to enhance his profile with a win over a former world champion, and someone who is very well regarded by fans of the lower weights. As for Acosta the bout would see him getting a chance to become a 2-weight champion, and get some revenge over Japanese boxing, given his first loss was to Kosei Tanaka (15-1, 9) [田中恒成] in 2017.
For those wanting to read Jorge L Pérez's article, in Spanish, that's available here.
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