Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Masayoshi Nakatani Prediction- Can ‘The Matrix’ Rebound?

Published 06/25/2021, 8:30 PM EDT


Vasyl Lomachenko will try to resurrect his dominance in the lightweight division by going against Masayoshi Nakatani this weekend.

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No, victory wouldn’t fetch him his lost world titles; however, Lomachenko can advance himself in the championship ride by scoring his 15 pro win.

Meanwhile, Japanese pugilist Nakatani will also look forward to his first title shot ahead, and Lomachenko would be his ticket to that goal.

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So, the nearing lightweight contest will hold sheer importance for both men. Meanwhile, they have also shared a common opponent in Teofimo Lopez and both men were handed defeats by ‘Take Over’ via unanimous decision.

It raises several eyebrows and intensifies the nearing collision. Besides, the major differences between Nakatani and Lomachenko’s fighting style and physical attributes can also play a pivotal role in the in-ring scrap.

Here’s how the fight can go down.

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Following a loss to Teofimo Lopez, Lomachenko will try to return to the win column. On the other side, Nakatani would try to continue his win streak, which he reset after losing to Lopez in 2019.

That said, the Japanese boxer would dwarf his Ukrainian rival in height and reach. Lomachenko is 5’7” tall with a reach of 65 ½”. In response, Nakatani stands at 5’11 ½” with a reach of 71”.

However, Lomachenko is an elite southpaw. So, Nakatani may face some trouble going against him. The orthodox-hitter has all the tools to beat ‘Loma’ but would also have to deal with the 33-year-old’s impeccable footwork and movement.

While both men can take the fight to the distance, they can also end the show with one shot.

Lomachenko has attained 10 of his 14 wins via KO and Nakatani has 13 KOs from 19 wins. Therefore, it shows that both the lightweight boxers are evenly matched.

They share similar expertise as professionals and have just a one-year age difference. As Nakatani will have some advantages with size and reach, Vasyl Lomachenko can use his movement to fill the void.

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The upcoming fight leaves several doors open in favor of both men. However, Lomachenko may have an advantage if the fight goes to the distance.

He is a skilled puncher and has faced the A-listers at 135lbs division. So, it would help him to outline a plan for beating Masayoshi Nakatani this week.

Prediction:- Vasyl Lomachenko vanquishes Masayoshi Nakatani via unanimous decision.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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