Masayoshi Nakatani’s Last 5 Fights: Who Has He Beaten?

Published 06/25/2021, 3:30 PM EDT
OXON HILL, MD – JULY 19: Masayoshi Nakatani prepares for the second round of his lightweight IBF World Title Elimination fight against Teofimo Lopez (not pictured) at The Theater at MGM National Harbor on July 19, 2019 in Oxon Hill, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)


Masayoshi Nakatani is one cosmic fighter on the lightweight roster. He has contended against some of the best fighters in the division and has even emerged victorious in the same. Nakatani’s power, exuberant ring management skills, and overall ability to read his opponents have made him a stern contender in the stacked lightweight division.

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With every fight, he’s shown his intent to become a better version of himself. Furthermore, he’s given countless performances that have captured the attention of boxing lovers. That said, here we look at Masayoshi Nakatani’s last 5 performances, wherein he showed his true persona and more.

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Masayoshi Nakatani – Did he really give his best in his last 5 fights?

Masayoshi Nakatni vs Amphol Suriyo

The Japanese boxer locked horns with Suriyo in 2018. The duo fought for the OPBF lightweight title and Nakatani fared the way he was supposed to. Keeping his contemporary on his toes, Nakatani eventually scored a T/KO victory, defended his belt, and improved his clean track record.

Masayoshi Nakatani vs Izuki Tomioka 

After a win over Suriyo, the 32-year-old went toe-to-toe against Tomioka. Many expected the favorite, Nakatani, to win this fight in the initial rounds itself. But to everyone’s surprise, this contest went the distance. But eventually, in round 11, the Osaka native claimed a vital T/KO win.

Masayoshi Nakatani vs Hurricane Futa

In the same year, Nakatani battled Hurricane Futa in another OPBF title defense. This fight seemed like a cakewalk for the Japanese boxing stalwart as it just took him just 4 rounds to batter his opponent and claim a gratifying win.

Masayoshi Nakatani vs Teofimo Lopez

In 2019, Nakatani took up the toughest test of his boxing stint against Teofimo Lopez, the current unified lightweight champ. In a 12-round slugfest, both the pugilists traded extensive blows with each other. Nakatani gave his best in the fight, yet he ended up capitulating to his first career loss.

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Despite a loss, the 32-year-old took all the positives out of this contest and employed the same in his next fight.

Masayoshi Nakatani vs Felix Verdejo

In 2020, the Osaka native picked up his boxing run against Verdejo. In this fight, a polished Nakatani claimed a thunderous round 9 T/KO win after going down on the canvas twice himself. With this win, he improved his resume to 19 wins and 1 loss.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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