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.
Earlier this week we reported that on November 6th we would be getting a vacant WBO Flyweight title bout between Junto Nakatani (20-0, 15) [中谷 潤人] and Giemel Magramo (24-1, 20).
Today that bout was officially announced, with all the details of the event now being confirmed! That includes the date, November 6th, and the venue, Korakuen Hall, as well as TV and ticketing information, which we'll discuss below.
For those wondering about any last minutes issues with travel, we are glad to report that Magramo is now in Japan, having arrived in the country yesterday, and he will remain in a hotel for his isolation period, before taking part in a number of pre-fight formalities.
The event will be shown live on both BS NTV, starting at 19:00 with that broadcast ending at 20:54, and G+, starting at 17:45 and running to 22:00 local time. For those without a premium TV set up, the event will also be shown, on tape delay, on NTV from 27:19 local time, so 3:19 on November 7th.
Sadly however there will be no tickets sold for the event, meaning that if you want to watch it, it will only be on TV.
The bout has been set to fill the vacancy left by Kosei Tanaka (15-0, 9) [田中恒成], who moved up in weight to challenger WBO Super Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (25-2, 14) [井岡一翔], who are expected to clash on December 31st.
As previously reported the chief support bout will see Juiki Tatsuyoshi (13-0, 9) [辰吉寿以輝] battle Kazuhiro Imamura (2-0, 1) [今村和寛] in a mouth watering 8 round match up
Macau set it's foot on to the boxing map in a big way just a few weeks ago as they hosted a really high profile card featuring not only the debut of Zou Shimng (1-0) but also 2 world title bouts. It appears now that the winner of one of those world title bouts will return to action in Macau against one of the fighters who look sensation on the under-card.
In the only currently scheduled bout for a card set in Macau for July 27th we will see Super Flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada (23-2, 18) taking on unbeaten Filipino challenger Milan Melindo (29-0, 12) in what promises to be an amazing bout.
Mexican Estrada really made his name last year in a fight of the year contender with former Teiken fighter Roman Gonzalez. Although Estrada came up short against Gonzalez he put up an excellent fight and was rewarded with a bout against the highly talented Brian Viloria in Macau back on April 6th. Estrada would then upset Viloria by decision for the WBA "super" and WBO Flyweight titles.
Melindo also fought on the April card in Macau where he dismantled Indonesian Tommy Seran in 4 rounds, dropping Seran several times on route to the victory. In all honesty Melindo has looked ready for a world title fight for a few years now and his poor performance against Jean Piero Perez (a majority deicison) aside he has looked fantastic.
This really should be a great bout and hopefully Top Rank put on a solid under-card giving exposure to several prospects from around the area. It'd be great if the Penalosa brothers were on the card (as they were on the last Macau card).
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