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.
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