Junto Nakatani probably didn’t need a finish to become champion on Saturday, but boy did he deliver one.
The undefeated Japanese boxer capped off a strong performance against Andrew Moloney with a no-doubt knockout punch in the 12th round to capture a vacant WBO junior bantamweight title. Nakatani now holds titles in two divisions as he entered this bout as the WBO’s flyweight champion.
Watch the incredible KO below.
WORLD CHAMPION— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) May 21, 2023
Nakatani does it in devastating fashion #HaneyLoma pic.twitter.com/PtGRLRp4g3
Nakatani had already impressed for the majority of the bout, including a knockdown in the 11th round that all but assured he would be leaving Las Vegas with more gold around his waist. However, when a wounded Moloney took a misstep, Nakatani capitalized with a left hand right on the button that sent Moloney awkwardly to the mat. As Nakatani jogged off, Moloney stayed down for a long time as the referee immediately called for medical assistance.
With his latest highlight, Nakatani improves to 25-0 as a pro with 19 knockouts.
Catch complete results from the Haney vs. Lomachenko card here.