Earlier today fans in Kobe saw talented OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (13-0, 8) [中谷 正義] record his 6th defense as he bludgeoned Filipino challenger Allan Tanada (14-6-3, 6) in to a 7th round TKO.
Nakatani always looked in charge of the bout, boxing at range as, and when, he wanted using his superiour reach, seed and skilled to tag Tanada coming in. Although always in control from the outside Nakatani was also happy to mix it on the inside and landed frequently to the body of Tanada who could be seen feeling the effects of some of the vicious body blows.
The Filipino, who had previously won the OPBF Super Featherweight title in Japan, managed to show his toughness but never looked copmpetitive with Nakatani who showed touches of world class ability whilst chipping away at the challengers resistence.
By the end of round 6 Tanada's wil to win had began to wilt and his energy reserves were running thin as Nakatani amped up the work rate and the pressure, landing right hands at will to eventually force the referee to save a beaten Tanada, who looked pretty much spent.
For the world ranked Nakatani the win moves him one step closer to a world title bout, and it would seem likely that 2017 will be the year that he finally moved from the OPBF level to world level, or at least begins facing world ranked contenders rather than continue to defend this title in relatively safe bouts, like this one. He's proven his quality with wins over Yoshitaka Kato and Ricky Sismundo and can clearly be moved on beyond his current level. For Tanada it would seem like his career is heading in the direction of a journeyman, picking up losses against fighters looking to move onto bigger and better things.
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