Junto Nakatani vows to be an improved fighter against Angel Acosta and calls on Julio Cesar Martinez – Boxing Sports

Junto Nakatani (right) tags Naoki.Photo courtesy of Naoki Fukuda

Talented Japanese boxer Junto Nakatani will make his first defense of his WBO flyweight title against former junior flyweight belt holder Angel Acosta at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona on Friday.

Mr. Nakatani Ranked 4th by the ring for £ 112, He knows he has to be careful with Puerto Rican punchers.

“Acosta is a proven former world champion who has been one of the leading players for many years. [in the smaller weight classes]Nakatani (21-0, 16 knockouts) told The Ring through Hank Hakoda. “As his career record shows, Acosta’s main weapon is clearly his devastating punching power. He has a vicious and decisive left hook.

“This will be a fight that I can’t afford to lose focus on. At the same time, I already have a blueprint for how to fight him-out of range without being punched-I’ll give you I am confident that I will be able to perform well. I will do my best to beat Acosta in KO. “

The 23-year-old southpaw had to wait patiently for his world title shot. The match with Ziemel Magramo was postponed several times, but Nakatani finally took advantage of it and recorded a knockout in the eighth round.

However, Japanese fighters will continue to improve as fighters, not relying on his glory.

“We are putting a lot of effort into the preparation based on the key points from the last match against Magramo,” he said. “I got homework from that fight. I could have shown better defense at close range. In fact, my defense should have been linked more smoothly with my attack. Intended I hit him on the street, but I wanted to switch from defensive to offensive sooner. “

If all goes well, Nakatani wants to meet his rival world title holders in the not too distant future.

“I want to make a name for myself in the flyweight division through the unification battle,” he said. “One of the current champions I’m most interested in is Julio Cesar Martinez, the WBC titleholder.”

His trainer, reputed Rudy Hernandez, likes what he sees from a young titleholder and feels he could be something special.

“I think he’s a very good fighter and has very little discipline,” said Hernandez, who has known Nakatani for eight years. “”[Junto is] 100% of Jim’s students. He is talented and does not limit what he can do. He is completely focused on becoming a great fighter. “

Ranked 8th at £ 112 by The Ring, Acosta turned pro in 2012. He won the first 16 battles all within distance, increasing his rank.

San Juan natives traveled to Japan in May 2017 and worked hard on the game before losing the 12-round unanimous decision to WBO title list Kosei Tanaka at the time.

When Tanaka was sent off, Acosta stopped Juan Alejo in December 2017 and stepped into the vacant strap. He defended three times, preempting the scorecard by Elwin Soto (KO 12). At the age of 30, he has won two battles since then, bringing his record to (22-2, 21 KO).

ESPN Doubleheader features Oscar Valdes making his first defense of his WBC lightweight title against Robson Conceison, while junior lightweight candidate Gabriel Flores Jr. faces Luis Alberto Lopez. Broadcast starts at 10 pm (Eastern Standard Time) / 7 pm (Pacific Standard Time).

Correspondent Hank Hakoda adjusted and translated this feature.

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– Boxing Sports

Junto Nakatani vows to be an improved fighter against Angel Acosta and calls on Julio Cesar Martinez Junto Nakatani vows to be an improved fighter against Angel Acosta and calls on Julio Cesar Martinez

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