Junto Nakatani and Angel Acosta seemingly set for an impeccable flyweight collision!
When last in the ring, WBO World Flyweight champion Junto Nakatani (21-0, 16 KO’s) seamlessly outclassed, roughed up and stopped Giemel Magramo. Along with the spoils of victory, the talented southpaw scooped up the then vacant WBO title. Obviously the Japanese fighter has no intention of resting on his laurels or looking for an easy follow-up. Instead he has agreed to face his brick-knuckled mandatory Angel “Tito” Acosta (22-2, 21 KO’s) as his thrilling first title defense. While the date is not yet locked in stone, the tentative target at the moment will be this May 29.
A WORTHY ADVERSARY
Acosta, ranked #1 (WBO), #15 (IBF) and #4 (WBC), is riding a two-fight win-streak after suffering a disappointing twelfth round knockout loss to Elwin Soto back on June 21, 2019. Heading into his bout with Soto, Tito was the overwhelming favorite and the WBO World Light Flyweight champion. With this being the case, he was not expected to have a terribly tough time in the ring. In the end, this could not have been further from the truth!
The somewhat unheralded Mexican fighter would definitely hold his own and rock the champion numerous times throughout the prizefight. What made the defeat as bitter as possible was the fact that Acosta was up on the cards when the fight was halted with only 23 seconds in the final round. Viewers of the bout, this was deemed by many to be a quick stop following such a competitive war. Following the back-and-forth slugfest, Tito moved up to flyweight. If successful in against Nakatani, the Puerto Rican bruiser will become a two-time world champion.
Nakatani versus Acosta is certainly a mouth-watering fight to look forward to. Yet this is not exactly falling out of the clear blue sky. Following his impressive win over Magramo, 3kingsboxing saw the writing on the wall and predicted that this match-up had a high likelihood of transpiring. Given the quality of the fight, this was an instance where we are ecstatic to be correct! Stay tuned as we will report more fight particulars as they become available.
By: Bakari Simpson