On Sunday Japanese fans saw OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (12-0, 7) [中谷 正義], record his 5th defense of the title in one of his briefest bouts to date.
The lanky Ioka gym fighter took just 79 seconds to dispose of heavy handed veteran Tosho Makoto Aoki (20-14-2, 17) [闘将 青木 誠], who showed some intent in the opening stages, wrestling with Nakatani but lacked the durability to take the shots of the champion who rocked the challenger with his first real connect.
After wobbling Aoki with a jab Nakatani unloaded, dropping Aoki, who recovered his feet but was unable to see off a follow up attack from the highly skilled champion.
The bout was brief but was a statement win for the champion who stated his intentions were to fight either for a world title later this year, or fight in an OPBF/Japanese unification, with the newly crowned Japanese champion Nihito Arakawa. Whilst the unification bout seems more likely than a world title bout, at this stage, it is clear that Nakatani is moving towards a world title fight, sooner or later and if he keeps defending his title it will only be a matter of time before he gets a shot at world honours.
The video of the fight, below, is courtesy of Nov K.
Tomorrow Osaka fans are in for a treat with a huge number of fights taking place in Osaka city. Among those fights is an OPBF Lightweight title fight between unbeaten champion Masayoshi Nakatani (11-0, 6) [中谷 正義], who will be looking to move to world level later in the year, and the exciting but flawed Tosho Makoto Aoki (20-13-2, 17) [闘将 青木 誠].
At the weigh in the 37 year old Aoki stated that if he lost he'd retire, and it seems that that has really driven him into getting into good shape and he has been spending time training in the Philippines, where he has focused on improving his stamina.
As for Nakatani, the clear favourite, it seems the intent is to go for an early stoppage to make an impression and defend his title before Aoki's power can have any effect on him, rather than getting into a tough and messy affair with the challenger.
Nakatani looks to over-come big punching Aoki
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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