Earlier today Japanese fans got the chance to see OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (11-0, 6) record the 4th defense of his title as he stopped Kazuya Murata (11-5, 5).
The talented Nakatani, who began his career 6-0 (5) had won his last 4 bouts by decision and had seen some fans suggest he wasn't as heavy handed as they had first thought. Today however he proved his ability to damage opponents.
Early on Nakatani made the most of his razor like jab, piercing the guard of the challenger who was often left hitting air and being countered by vicious right uppercuts. Sadly for the challenger it quickly evident that he could win the fight at range and was also unable to win up close, where those uppercuts were crunching into his face.
In round 4 Nakatani upped the pace and it was clear that Murata had no answer other than to try and survive. The challenger was again given a beating round 5 as he began to show real signs of damage around his face.
Following the two big rounds from Nakatani the doctor took a hard look at Murata before stopping him in the corner.
From what we under-stand the doctor stopped the bout due to a suspected issue with Murata's eye.
After the bout Nakatani stated that he was wanting to focus on moving towards a world title fight. At the moment it seems likely he'll have to wait, though it's clear that his focus is on moving up through the ranks and testing himself against the very best in the sport, like stable mate Kazuto Ioka.
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Earlier today saw the weigh in for tomorrow's show in Japan.
The main event of the card will see OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (10-0, 5) defending his belt against under-dog challenger Kazuya Murata (11-4, 5) and thankfully both men made weight for the bout which will headline a joint promotion between Shinsei Gym and Ioka Gym.
For Nakatani this will be his 4th defense of the OPBF title title that he won in January 2014, when he defeated Yoshitaka Kato by decision. The lanky Ioka gym prospect does seem to be trying to extend his reign as the OPBF champion without facing a tough contender, which is a shame, though we do know that he's eyeing up a potential world title fight, somewhere down the line.
As for Murata this will be his first title fight, though he's not expected to be anything more than fodder for his talented foe.
Nakatani returns, looking to extend his OPBF reign
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