Reports | Jul 20 2019

Teofimo Lopez is extended 12 rounds for the first time as a pro

Brooklyn's Teofimo Lopez had a frustrating night against Masayoshi Nakatani yet was still a clear winner on the scorecards
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Oxon Hill, Maryland • July 19

SOMETIMES you get so used to seeing certain fighters win fights quickly that it comes as a surprise when they are extended and forced to go through the motions.

This was certainly the case tonight in Oxon Hill, Maryland, where lightweight Teofimo Lopez, usually so explosive and dominant, was unable to make a dent in Japan’s Masayoshi Nakatani and had to go the full 12 rounds for the first time in his 14-fight pro career.

Lopez, 14-0 (11), was in the end a clear winner, by (somewhat harsh) scores of 118-110 (twice) and 119-109, but struggled to get to grips with the six-foot Nakatani and was disappointed he couldn’t have produced the kind of fireworks for which he has become known.


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