Junto Nakatani Shows Interest in a Super Fight with Kazuto Ioka!
WBO flyweight champion Junto Nakatani (23-0, 18KOs) systematically broke down # 2 WBO and # 2 WBA flyweight contender Ryota Yamauchi in eight rounds, earning his sixth straight stoppage victory. Now he is seeking a possible all-Japanese showdown with multi-weight champion Kazuto Ioka (28-2, 15KOs).
Nakatani is a rising star with tremendous potential to become one of the great small-weight fighters of this era. There’s been talk from Nakatani about possibly moving up to super flyweight and challenging fellow countryman Ioka. Holding the WBO 112-pound title, he hopes to become the WBO mandatory challenger at 115 in order to make that fight happen. If that fight were to happen, it would be a true test for Nakatani. Ioka is a surefire Hall of Famer.
Regardless of whether that fight is in his future or not, the options are plentiful for the young Japanese fighter. At 5’7, the southpaw has the frame to compete at 118 and 122 as well. With his height, length, power, and boxing skills, great things are expected from him as he continues his career.
Also noteworthy is the fact that he trains part-time in Los Angeles, California, under the tutelage of Rudy Hernandez. He’s also expressed interest in fighting in America, where he made his debut in his first title defense, stopping Angel Acosta in Arizona last September.
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By: Jerrell Fletcher