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Nakatani to fight sophisticatedly in his 1st defense of WBO super flyweight title against Cortes

Sep 16, 2023 19:57 pm

  World Boxing Organization super flyweight champion Junto Nakatani of M.T Boxing Gym told a joint press conference at a Tokyo hotel on Sept. 16 he will fight sophisticatedly in his first defense of the title against sixth-ranked challenger Argi Cortes of Mexico on Sept. 18 at Tokyo’s Ariake Arena in the ‘’Prime Video Presents Live Boxing 5’’ event.

Nakatani (L) and Cortes

  The 25-year-old Nakatani said, ‘’I have been engaged in my training by putting emphasis on me fighting sophisticatedly. That way, I think I can cope with belligerent type Cortes. His physical size is what I had imagined. But at the same time, I felt the strength of his emotion.’’

  Cortes, 28, simply said without going into detail, ‘’The training I have done so far can be shown in the fight.’’

  Nakatani won the vacant title by demolishing Andrew Moloney of Australia in the 12th and the final round in this past May in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cortes lost a close but unanimous decision to his fellow countryman and World Boxing Council super flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada last September and is therefore regarded as a serious opponent.

  Nakatani has 25 straight wins, including 19 KOs, while Cortes has a 25-3-2 win-loss-draw tally with 10 KOs.

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