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Teofimo Lopez vs Masayoshi Nakatani report
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 an eliminator 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 25 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 55 less professional rounds, 101 to Nakatani's 156.
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's last 3 fights had come over a period of 5 years, 7 months and 25 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 10 months and 18 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 9 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.
Nakatani's last 4 fights had come over a period of 6 years, 1 month and 29 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 6 months and 16 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 33 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.3 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 (-5000) favourite going into the contest, while Masayoshi Nakatani made his way into the ring at 12/1 (+1200) with oddsmakers.
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