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WBO flyweight champ Nakatani to face Yamauchi on Apr.9 as supporting card for Murata-GGG clash

Mar 03, 2022 18:50 pm

Undefeated World Boxing Organization flyweight champion Junto Nakatani of M.T Boxing Gym will face Ryota Yamauchi of Kadoebi Boxing Gym on Apr. 9 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama Prefecture for his second defense of the title he won in November 2020, organizers said on March 3.

The scheduled 12-round title fight will serve as the chief supporting card for the title unification match between World Boxing Association ‘’super’’ middleweight champion Ryota Murata of Teiken Boxing Gym and International Boxing Federation kingpin Gennadiy Gennadyevich Golovkin of Kazakhstan.

While the 24-year-old Nakatani was initially planning to take on fourth-ranked Cristian Gonzalez of Mexico on Dec. 29, he will meet second-ranked Yamauchi due to the rescheduled timetable.

Southpaw Nakatani told reporters, ‘’He (Yamauchi) is a kind of orthodox-style boxer and hits hard. I hope to fight my kind of fight from the beginning and want to show how much I have improved on Apr. 9.’’ Nakatani added his weight-reduction effort has been going smoothly.

Nakatani is said to be aiming at moving up in weight to super flyweight eventually because of his size. That is why he wants to display an impressive fight, experts analyzed.

Nakatani has a record of 22 wins, including 17 KOs. For his part, the 27-year-old Yamauchi has an 8-1 win-loss record with seven KOs. His lone loss came in March 2019 when he dropped a 12-round unanimous decision to Wulan Tuolehazi of China in Shanghai for the vacant WBA international flyweight title.

Yamauchi said, ‘’It (Apr. 9) will be an important day in my life. While my only strength is my punching power, I will show everything I have in my arsenals. I really end the fight as a winner. To achieve this, I have to deck him.’’

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