Oscar Valdez Wins Adam Lopez Rematch! Junto Nakatani Grabs WBO Title
After sitting on the sidelines for over a year, two-division champion Oscar Valdez (31-1, 23KO) cruises to a win in a rematch against Adam Lopez (16-5, 6KO).
It was clear from the start that Lopez was not the same fighter the Valdez faced back in 2019. He used those legs to jump in to land a few flurries before getting out of range of return fire. It was a good sound strategy that was effective in the early portion of the fight.
Yet, Valdez’ power started coming into play as he landed thudding shots which were the more eye-catching moments of the fight. Down the stretch, the two-division champion turned it up a level by cutting off the ring and landed the right hand that hurt Lopez a few times.
As the fight was coming to a close, Valdez attacked relentlessly to close the show. The judges’ scorecards were 98-92, 98-91, and 97-93 in favor of Valdez, who immediately called for a fight with WBO junior lightweight champion Emanual Navarrete.
RAYMOND MURATALLA PICK UP A GOOD VICTORY OVER JEREMAI NAKATHILA
The lightweight division has a new prospect on the rise as undefeated Raymond Muratalla (18-0, 15KO) knocks off WBO’s number fifteen-ranked Jeremia “Low Key” Nakathila (23-3, 19KO) in the second round.
If you walked away to get something to eat, then you were watching the replay of what happened! Things started slowly as both fighters tried to establish the jab to implement their game-plan. Then just that fast, Muratalla landed a right hand that sent Nakathila staggering to the ropes.
The young Californian went right hand crazy, landing thunderous shots that snapped Low Key’s head back. It forced the referee to quickly step in and bring an end to the contest. Muratalla became the first fighter to stop Nakathila as he called out for a shot at the winner between undisputed champion Devin Haney and Vasyl Lomachenko.
JUNTO NAKATANI SCORE A DEVASTATING KNOCKOUT OVER ANDREW MOLONEY
The Super flyweight division has a new champion as Junto Nakatani (25-0, 19KO) became a two-divisional champ after demolishing Andrew Moloney (25-3, 16KO).
The power of Nakatani was on full display early as he used that long jab to drop the straight left hand on the chin of the Aussie. In the second round, he unloaded an uppercut that put Moloney on the seat of his pants. Furthermore, he controlled the fight from mid-range and on the inside.
Moloney came alive in the middle rounds landing solid counter right hands. However, the Japanese sensation quickly turned things around with uppercuts when they both were up close.
In round eleven, Nakatani landed a brutal straight left hand that had Moloney looking up at the ceiling again. The Australian’s corner almost stopped the fight and probably should’ve because, in the final round, the Japanese power puncher landed a counter left hand that flatlined his opponent.
This early knockout of the year candidate by Nakatani has put the entire division on notice!