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Vasily Lomachenko Faces Off Against Masayoshi Nakatani

Lomachenko hopes to bounce back from the upset loss he suffered against Teofimo Lopez on 26 June. Masayoshi Nakatani is also a familiar foe of Lopez, and now will be Loma's opponent on the night.

The former unified lightweight champion comes in the fight as a heavy favourite. But he would be meeting some serious adversity in a 6-foot Japanese fighter who has only lost once.

Loma has a lot of motivation to go all out in this fight. He will need a convincing win to get him back in title contention bouts. Nakatani will have less pressure coming into the fight and this could prove to be an advantage.

In all honesty, there aren’t many advantages for opponents coming in a fight against Loma. They will have to find a way to deal with his elusive movements in the ring. The blistering hand speed he possesses. And the tricky angles he creates with his lateral movements.

Nakatani may have something other opponents before Teofimo Lopez did not have. A decisive way to beat the boxing phenom. Lopez showed the world how to beat Loma in their epic clash.

First, Lopez kept Loma’s right hand busy by constantly parrying it. Thus keeping him from working behind his jabs before throwing his combinations. This move gave Lopez the chance to set up his own jabs, after, his combos.

Teofimo Lopez also eliminated Loma's ability to create angles. He did this by intercepting the inside step/hop with left uppercuts. If the uppercut didn’t land, he would also angle to his right to keep Loma in his line of sight. These strategies threw Loma off his game in the early rounds of the fight and ultimately cost him the fight.

With a reach advantage of 4.5 inches, Nakatani can emulate these strategies. And cause Loma a successive defeat. Nakatani has legit knockout power in his right hand and this can cause Loma problems. So Loma will need to keep Nakatani busy on the inside and also give him little rest.

We are sure to have an exciting 12 round war. I expect Vasily Lomachenko to pull off a stoppage in the late rounds of the fight. How do you think the fight would end share your thoughts on the fight.

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Loma Lomachenko Masayoshi Nakatani Nakatani Teofimo Lopez

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