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The undefeated WBO flyweight title, Junto Nakatani, will journey to america to defend his first title in opposition to former WBO junior title contender Angel ‘Tito’ Acosta. BoxingScene.com has realized that their typically postponed necessary title shot is now being focused for September tenth in Tucson, Arizona.
As soon as the plans are finalized, the combat will land on the undercard of a scheduled ESPN present led by native favourite and newly topped WBC junior light-weight title holder Oscar Valdez (29-0, 23KOs).
Yahoo! Japanese martial arts journalist Daisuke Sugiura was the primary to disclose the information.
Representatives from Camps for each Fighters and Prime Rank declined to remark as a result of the focused combat date has not but been introduced or accomplished.
Nakatani (21-0, 16KOs) will likely be defending the WBO crown for the primary time in a knockout of the final 16 in opposition to Philippines Giemel Magramo of their vacant title combat final November in Tokyo, Japan. The combat got here with an extended delay as a result of pandemic, with the second wave of coronavirus additional slowing progress in restoring the Japanese boxing scene.
This was related to a number of delays within the obligatory title combat ordered by the WBO. Nakatani – a 23-year-old southpaw from Sagamihara, Japan – was initially scheduled to face Puerto Ricos Acosta (22-2, 21KOs) in Osaka on Might 29. Tightened COVID restrictions closed these plans together with all deliberate combating in Japan by the month of Might.
The shortcoming to agree on a brand new date threatened to droop the combat at a WBO inventory change listening to scheduled for June 1. The 2 sides had been in a position to elevate a few of the prime rank by giving undercard house to accommodate the bout to the satisfaction of everybody concerned, together with the obvious participation.
Acosta beforehand served because the WBO title record and received the belt on his second strive. The slim knockout artist from San Juan stayed too quick in a vacant title combat in opposition to the then undefeated Kosei Tanaka in Might 2017 and caught the belt in his subsequent combat with a knockout from Juan ‘Pinky’ Alejo within the tenth spherical in December 2017 the Madison Sq. Backyard in New York Metropolis. The combat got here in help of the final combat within the legendary profession of Miguel Cotto, whose firm Promociones Miguel Cotto Acosta represents in affiliation with Golden Boy Promotions.
The junior flyweight title reign lasted 18 months earlier than Acosta suffered a controversial failure within the twelfth spherical in opposition to Elwin Soto in June 2019, which was his final within the junior flyweight division. Since then, Acosta has received its final two begins, most lately in an eight-round decisive win over Gilberto Mendoza final March in Salinas, Puerto Rico – just for the second time in his profession the place he prolonged the gap and the primary time in a win.
Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox