What’s Next for Vasyl Lomachenko and Masayoshi Nakatani?

Published 06/27/2021, 5:31 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 11: Vasyl Lomachenko holds the championship belt after defeating Roman Martinez by knock out during the fifth round of their Junior Lightweight WBO World Championship bout on June 11, 2016 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)


The boxing main event between Vasyl Lomachenko and Masayoshi Nakatani ended in the most sensational fashion. In this fight, the Ukrainian boxer came out on top by battering Nakatani. As a result, ‘The Matrix’ ended up winning this fight via T/KO in round 9 of the 12-round slugfest.

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Both the fighters traded extensive blows with each other. However, it was Lomachenko who edged his foe with his out-of-the-box prowess. He began his assault right from the first bell and showed an altogether improved version of himself in this career-defining fight. Although Nakatani had his moments inside the ring, it was ‘Loma’ who dictated the pace of the fight efficiently.

Despite the results, the duo put on a classic entertainer for fans and kept everyone glued to their TV screens. Moving further, what’s next for this pair?

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Lomachenko, one of the prime fighters in the 135-pound division, confronted Teofimo Lopez last year. He was a favorite in that clash, but to everyone’s surprise, he suffered a horrifying loss to ‘The Takeover’. Since then he has only asked for a Teofimo Lopez rematch, however, he couldn’t get the same.

Now, on the back of this result, Lomachenko now wants to settle his scores with the American boxer.

On the other hand, Nakatani, who has fought some bigwigs in the lightweight division, has several sturdy opponents to test himself against in his next fight. Richard Commey, Jorge Linares, and Luke Campbell are some opponents who’re waiting to reach the peak of the division.

That said, a fight with either of these boxers will help the Japanese pugilist elevate his boxing stint to another level.

Can Vasyl Lomachenko and Masayoshi Nakatani strengthen their boxing careers from hereon?

Lomachenko (15-2) and Nakatani (19-2) are two highly skilled boxers in the lightweight division.

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Both of them showed their class against each other and rolled out a mammoth statement to the entire fight world. That said, both these pugilists hold vast abilities and can rule the lightweight division.

Hence, it’ll be intriguing to see who they get lined up with for their next bouts.

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Watch this story – Event Recap: Best Fights From Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Masayoshi Nakatani

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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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