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Teofimo Lopez must impress against Nakatani

Teofimo Lopez is on the fast track to a world title shot. Standing in his way is a fellow unbeaten fighter, Masayoshi Nakatani
Teofimo Lopez
Teofimo Lopez vs Masayoshi Nakatani  |  Mikey Williams/Top Rank

IF Teofimo Lopez is to reach the heights he expects to then the likes of Masayoshi Nakatani will need to be beaten impressively. But the slick Japanese fighter, 30, is ambitious himself.

With fast hands, tidy footwork and decent power, particularly from his straight right, Masayoshi comes into Saturday night’s fight inside Oxon Hill’s MGM National Harbor with an 18-0 (12) record.

Teofimo Lopez
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A professional since 2011, the Osaka man was elevated to fighting at 12-round level three years later when he came through a battle with Yoshitaka Kato, taking the OPBF lightweight strap.

 

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