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Junto Nakatani Takes WBC Title From Alexandro Santiago


The WBC bantamweight title was on the line as defending champion Alexandro “Peque” Santiago (28-4-5, 15 KOs) squared off against Junto Nakatani (27-0, 20 KOs) at the Kokugikan Sumo Arena in Tokyo, Japan.

Santiago is a grizzled veteran and a product of the traditionally rugged Mexican fight circuit. He won the title in August 2023 with an impressive unanimous decision over future Hall of Famer, Nonito Donaire.

He faced a Nakatani, who was fighting on home turf. A two-division champion, the challenger is highly regarded by many boxing pundits.

IN CONTROL FROM THE OPENING BELL

The taller, southpaw challenger used his jab, length and footwork to control the range in the early rounds. Santiago did have his moments at the end of round two, but Nakatani is like a praying mantis in boxing gloves. He made things very difficult for the defending champion.

In the opening minute of round six, a beautiful straight left hand from Nakatani put Santiago on the seat of his pants. Sensing his foe was in major distress, the Japanese fighter pounced. A follow-up right hook put Santiago down for a second time in the round. It was at this point where the referee did the smart thing and called a halt to the contest.

Nakatani is now a three-division champion. He has the look of a special fighter. Afterwards, the victor said he plans to stay at bantamweight and taking over. The future of the 26-year-old is as bright as anyone in the sport.

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