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Teraji, Nakatani to defend world titles, respectively on Sept. 18 at Tokyo’s Ariake Arena

Jul 20, 2023 15:48 pm

  World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association light flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji of B.M.B. Boxing Gym will defend his titles against top-ranked Hekkie Budler of South Africa, and World Boxing Organization super flyweight kingpin Junto Nakatani of M.T Boxing Gym will put his title on the line against ninth-ranked Argi Cortes of Mexico, respectively on Sept. 18 in Tokyo, organizers said on July 19.


  Both of the scheduled 12-rounders will be held at Ariake Arena.

  It will be Teraji’s third defense of the WBC title and his second of the WBA title.

  Teraji has a record of 21 wins, including 13 knockouts, against a loss while the 35-year-old Budler has a 35-4 win-loss tally with 11 KOs.

  For his part, the 25-year-old Nakatani, who is making his first defense of the crown he won by demolishing Andrew Moloney of Australia in the 12th and the final round on May 20 (21 Japan time) at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is undefeated in his 25 bouts, including 19 KOs. The 28-year-old Cortes has a 25-3-2 win-loss-draw tally with 10 KOs.

  Meanwhile, kickboxer-turned Tenshin Nasukawa of Teiken Boxing gym will have his second bout as a professional boxer as one of the undercards as he will face Mexico’s Juan Flores in a super bantamweight eight-rounder.

  The 24-year-old Nasukawa, currently ranked seventh in the Japanese super bantamweight division, made a successful professional debut with a six-round decision victory last April.

  The 23-year-old Flores is undefeated in his nine professional bouts, seven by KO.

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