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Who won Lopez vs Nakatani?
Teofimo Lopez beat Masayoshi Nakatani by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Friday 19th July 2019 at MGM National Harbor in Maryland.
The scorecards were announced as 118-110, 119-109, 118-110 in favor of winner Teofimo Lopez.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Lightweight division, which meant the weight limit was 135 pounds (9.6 stone or 61.2 KG).
This contest was for the IBF lightweight championship of the world.
The undercard featured the clash of Dadashev vs Matias.
Lopez vs Nakatani stats
Teofimo Lopez stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 13 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 11 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Masayoshi Nakatani made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 18 wins and 0 draws, with 12 of those by knock out.
The stats suggested Lopez had advantage in power over Nakatani, with a 85% knock out percentage over Nakatani's 67%.
Teofimo Lopez was the younger man by 8 years, at 24 years old.
Nakatani had a height advantage of 4 inches over Lopez. That also extended to a 2-inch reach advantage.
Both Teofimo Lopez & Masayoshi Nakatani fought out of an orthodox stance.
Lopez was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 5 less fights, and made his debut in 2016, 5 year and 4 months later than Nakatani, whose first professional fight was in 2011. He had fought 77 less professional rounds, 72 to Nakatani's 149.
Teofimo Lopez went into the fight ranked number 4 by the WBC, 2 by the WBO and 4 by the IBF at lightweight.
Masayoshi Nakatani was ranked number 7 by the WBC, 14 by the WBO and 3 by the IBF in the 135lb division.
Lopez vs Nakatani form
Lopez remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Diego Magdaleno on 2nd February 2019 by knockout in the 7th round at The Ford Center at The Star, Texas, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Mason Menard on 8th December 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Going into that contest, he had beat William Silva on 14th July 2018 by technical knockout in the 6th round at Lakefront Arena, Louisiana.
Before that, he had defeated Vitor Jones Freitas on 12th May 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Madison Square Garden, New York.
He had won against Juan Pablo Sanchez on 3rd February 2018 by unanimous decision in their 6 round contest at Bank of America Center, Texas.
Masayoshi Nakatani had stopped 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Felix Verdejo on 12th December 2020 by technical knockout in the 9th round at The Bubble, MGM Grand, Nevada, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Teofimo Lopez on 19th July 2019 by unanimous decision in their IBF World Lightweight eliminator fight at MGM National Harbor, Maryland.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Izuki Tomioka on 29th July 2018 by technical knockout in the 11th round at EDION Arena Osaka, Osaka, Japan.
Before that, he had beat Amphon Suriyo on 24th February 2018 by knockout in the 6th round at EDION Arena Osaka, Osaka.
Hehad won against Ryan Sermona on 3rd September 2017 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Shimazu Arena, Kyoto.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Teofimo Lopez had been fighting more than Masayoshi Nakatani.
Going to this contest, Teofimo Lopez had last fought 2 years, 8 months and 17 days ago, while Masayoshi Nakatani's last outing had been 10 months and 7 days ago.
Lopez's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 8 months and 16 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 27 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 21 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 4.2 rounds on average.
Nakatani's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 1 month and 16 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 28 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 42 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.4 rounds on average.
What time did Lopez vs Nakatani start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 11:00 PM EST / 8:00 PM PST at MGM National Harbor, Maryland, United States, which was around 4:00 AM BST in the UK.
Who broadcast Lopez vs Nakatani?
Lopez vs Nakatani was broadcast on ESPN+ in the US.
What were the odds on Lopez vs Nakatani?
Teofimo Lopez was a 1/50 (-4999) favourite going into the contest, while Masayoshi Nakatani made his way into the ring at 12/1 (+1200) with oddsmakers.