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New WBO flyweight champ Nakatani to remain in flyweight

Nov 07, 2020 20:26 pm

Newly crowned World Boxing Organization flyweight champion Junto Nakatani of M.T Boxing Gym said remotely on Nov. 7 he will devote himself to defending his title he won on the previous night by knocking out top-ranked Giemel Magramo of the Philippines in the eighth round at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall.

The 22-year-old Nakatani said, ‘’I find value in retaining the title, ‘’ which means he will remain in the flyweight for the time being (his height is 171 centimeters).

Recapping the bout, the undefeated Nakatani said via online at the gym in Sagamihara in Kanagawa Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, ‘’I was not aware that I was ahead on points while fighting.’’ But he quickly added he is satisfied with his fighting style of boxing in the central part of the ring.

Nakatani did not enter a high school and went to the United States alone to learn boxing. Daisuke Okabe, who resides in the United States, taught Nakatani boxing there and served as his chief second of the Nov. 6 fight, said, ‘’He firmly observed my advice of fighting in the middle of the ring and was able to keep his distance well. I therefore was able to watch his boxing at ease.’’

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