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Who won Santiago vs Nakatani?
Junto Nakatani beat Alejandro Santiago by technical knockout in the 6th round on Saturday 24th February 2024 at Kokugikan in Tokyo.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Bantamweight division, which meant the weight limit was 118 pounds (8.4 stone or 53.5 KG).
This contest was for the WBC bantamweight championship of the world.
Also, on the undercard Takuma Inoue beat Jerwin Ancajas for the WBA World Bantamweight championship, Kosei Tanaka defeated Christian Eduardo Bacasegua for the WBO World Junior Bantamweight belt and Jonas Sultan was defeated by Riku Masuda.
Santiago vs Nakatani stats
Alejandro Santiago stepped into the ring with a record of 28 wins, 3 loses and 5 draws.
Junto Nakatani made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 26 wins and 0 draws.
Alejandro Santiago was the older man by 2 years, at 28 years old.
Nakatani had a height advantage of 4 inches over Santiago. That also extended to a 2-inch reach advantage.
Alejandro Santiago fought out of the orthodox stance, while Junto Nakatani was a southpaw.
Santiago was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 10 more fights, and made his debut in 2012, 2 years and 4 months earlier than Nakatani, whose first professional fight was in 2015. He had fought 87 more professional rounds, 223 to Nakatani's 136.
Junto Nakatani was ranked number 1 by the WBC in the 118lb division.
Santiago vs Nakatani form
Santiago had beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Nonito Donaire on 29th July 2023 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Bantamweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Antonio Nieves on 29th October 2022 by technical knockout in the 7th round at Gila River Arena, Glendale.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Gary Antonio Russell on 27th November 2021 by majority decision in their 10 round contest at Park Theater, Nevada.
Before that, he had drawn with Jerwin Ancajas on 28th September 2018 by split draw in their IBF World Junior Bantamweight championship fight at Oracle Arena, California.
He had drawn with Jose Martinez on 24th March 2018 by split draw at Complejo Ferial, Ponce, Puerto Rico.
Nakatani remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had beat Argi Cortes on 18th September 2023 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Junior Bantamweight championship fight at Ariake Arena, Koto-Ku, Japan.
Previous to that, he had beat Andrew Moloney on 20th May 2023 by knockout in the 12th round in their WBO World Junior Bantamweight championship fight at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, United States.
Going into that contest, he had won against Francisco Rodriguez Jr on 1st November 2022 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Super Arena, Saitama, Japan.
Before that, he had beat Ryota Yamauchi on 9th April 2022 by technical knockout in the 8th round in their WBO World Flyweight championship fight at Super Arena, Saitama.
He had defeated Angel Acosta on 10th September 2021 by technical knockout in the 4th round in their WBO World Flyweight championship fight at Tucson, Arizona, United States.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Junto Nakatani had been fighting more than Alejandro Santiago.
Going to this contest, Alejandro Santiago had last fought 6 months and 26 days ago, while Junto Nakatani's last outing had been 5 months and 6 days ago.
Santiago's last 5 fights had come over a period of 5 years and 11 months, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 2 months and 8 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 51 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 10.2 rounds on average.
Nakatani's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 5 months and 14 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 5 months and 28 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 46 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 9.2 rounds on average.
What time did Santiago vs Nakatani start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 12:00 PM UTC at Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan, which was 7:00 AM EST or 4:00 AM PST on the West Coast of America, or 12:00 PM GMT in the UK.
Who broadcast Santiago vs Nakatani?
The fight was broadcast in the United States by ESPN+.
What were the odds on Santiago vs Nakatani?
Sorry, we couldn’t find any historical odds for Santiago vs Nakatani.
|Winner / Verdict
|% of users
|Junto Nakatani - Decision
|Junto Nakatani - KO
Based on 6 Predictions