This coming Friday Japanese fans in Kobe will get the chance to see OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (12-0, 7) [中谷 正義] defending his title against former OPBF Super Featherweight champion Allan Tanada (14-5-3, 6), of the Philippines. The bout will be one of 4 OPBF title bouts on the same show, which has been co-promoted by Shinsei and Ioka and is the one set for the highest weight class.
On the scales both men made the 135lb limit with room to spare, though the taller and rangier Nakatani was unsurprisingly heavier than the Filipino who looked somewhat flabby in comparison to the champion.
The bout, which will be Nakatani's 6 defense has stated that he will be looking to stop Tanada, who's only stoppage loss so far has come to Masao Nakamura, whilst Tanada seemed confident of getting up close and giving Nakatani hell in a much rough bout than the champion would want, given his advantages in size.
If Tanada pulls off the upset tomorrow more than 6 years after he upset Rikiya Fukuhara to claim the OPBF title at 130lbs whilst a win for Nakatani will likely move him in to the world title mix for 2017.
Nakatani faces Tanada in OPBF showdown
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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