Earier today fight fans in Osaka saw OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (14-0, 8) [中谷 正義] record his 7th defense of the title, as he out pointed Filipino challenger Kaewfah Tor Buamas (23-2, 16) [แก้วฟ้า สวนปาล์มฟาร์มนก]. Sadly despite the win it seemed like he impressed nobody, including himself with a critical view of his own performance after the bout.
The Japanese fighter was the faller taller and rangier fighter, and managed to control the fight by using his size and speed, but struggled to ever break through the defenses of the Thai, who mae it clear he hadn't come to just roll over. Instead of coming to lose Kaewfah fought intelligently, looking to land single right hand counters on the champion, who never really looked comfortable.
The challenger, who was a smarter fighter than some that Nakatani had been fighting recently, did enough early on to be in the fight after 4, with the scores being 39-37, twice for Nakatani and 38-38. But from there on he slid behind, not winning anything until round 8, by which point Nakatani was in a comfortable lead. A lead that he would kep to the final bell when he was awarded the decision, with scores of 118-110, 116-113 and 115-113
Although the champion was frustrated at himself for failing to crack the Kaewfah code, he seemed to take some positives and it's clear that he will be looking to move onwards and upwards. Sadly though it's unclear if he keeps defending this title or looks to change things up, though it does seem like something needs a change after this relatively flat performance.
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