World title twinbill in Japan announced

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From right, Nakatani, Teraji and Nasukawa

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Teiken Promotions announced a world title twinbill plus sensational prodigy Tenshin Nasukawa’s second pro bout on September 18. WBC, WBA light flyweight kingpin Tenshiro Teraji (21-1, 13 KOs), 31, will make a WBC mandatory defense against Hekkie Budler (35-4, 11 KOs), 35, South Africa, in the main event. Also, WBO junior bantam ruler Junto Nakatani (25-0, 19 KOs) will put his belt on the line against WBO#9 Argi Cortes (25-3-2, 10 KOs) from Mexico. Having made an impressive debut this April, Nasukawa will take on unbeaten Mexican Juan Flores Aceves (9-0, 7 KOs) over eight rounds.

Having scored an eye-catching demolition of Andrew Moloney in the final session in Las Vegas last May, Nakatani will make a hero’s return at Ariake Arena, Tokyo. Also, Teraji displayed a fine stoppage of Anthony Olascuaga in the ninth this April, and will show his improvement since. This show will greatly attract Japanese aficionados without doubt.


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  • That’s a really good fight for Nakatani. Cortes gave Gallo all he could handle last year. Hasn’t looked very good since, but if he can be the guy he was in that fight, he should give Nakatani a really good one as well.

    If Hekkie Budler beats Kenshiro, he should be in the Hall Of Fame imo.

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