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Possible Opponents for 27-0 Japanese Star Junto Nakatani

What's Next for 27-0 Japanese Star Junto Nakatani

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Possible Opponents for 27-0 Japanese Star Junto Nakatani


Possible Opponents for 27-0 Japanese Star Junto Nakatani

On Saturday, February 24, Junto Nakatani (27-0, 20 KOs) defeated Alexandro Santiago (28-4-5, 14 KOs) at Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan as part of a world title tripleheader. The card was shown on ESPN+ in the U.S. Following this sixth-round knockout success, attention now turns to what fight could be next for Junto Nakatani.

Junto Nakatani Next Fight: What’s Next for the Japanese Star?

Recap of Nakatani vs. Santiago

Nakatani’s first foray into the bantamweight division was memorable, as he impressively stopped Santiago to capture the WBC bantamweight title. The unbeaten star quickly established his jab, controlling the distance effectively – engaging only when needed.

The Japanese star showed his power and finishing ability have carried over into the bantamweight division. Following a knockdown, Nakatani smelt blood, landing a flurry of big punches, including two thudding right hands, ending the contest in style.

Junto Nakatani Next Fight: Jason Moloney

Nakatani has a history with the Moloney family after brutally stopping Andrew in the 12th round of their clash on May 20, 2023. A clash against Jason Moloney (27-2, 19 KOs) would be for the Australian’s WBO bantamweight title and Nakatani’s newly acquired WBC strap.

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The history present would make this a fascinating bout straight away. Aside from the connection, Moloney is a boxer – with no glaring weaknesses. He is adaptable depending on the opponent, showing impressive ring IQ. Moloney has brilliant footwork and a great jab, which enables him to control the distance and tempo of fights. He also has a great engine, keeping his opponents honest for 12 rounds.

A fight between the Australian and Nakatani would be interesting, with the Japanese star showing his power has carried to bantamweight. The fight would be a battle of the jabs, but it’s difficult to look past Nakatani enforcing a late stoppage or winning by unanimous decision.

Emmanuel Rodriguez

Emmanuel Rodriguez (22-2, 13 KOs) is the current IBF world bantamweight champion following his unanimous decision win over Melvin Lopez. The Puerto Rican fighter is a fantastic boxer who picks his punches well with either hand. 

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The Puerto Rican has shown he counters well, as seen against Gary Antonio Russell. His ability to throw accurate combinations is another strength of his. Any potential clash against Nakatani would mean Rodriguez would need to make the Japanese star miss and counter effectively.

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