Magramo falls to Nakatani

Published November 6, 2020, 10:00 PM

by Waylon Galvez

Filipino boxer Giemel Magramo failed on his bid to win the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight title with an eight-round knockout loss to Junto Nakatani of Japan Friday night at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

It was a tough fight for the 5-foot-4 Magramo as the taller 5-foot-7 Japanese used his height and reach advantage in the early rounds.

A left hook and a solid right by Nakatani sent Magramo to the canvas in round eight. Although Magramo tried to beat the count, the referee stopped the contest to give the win to Nakatani.

It was the second defeat for the 26-year-old knockout artist as he now sports a 24-2 record, while the 22-year-old Nakatani improved his unbeaten record 21 in the 112-lbs division.

Nakatani – a southpaw – has now won hiss second straight bout against a Filipino fighter after beating former two-division world champion in Milan Melindo in six rounds last October 5, 2019.

The setback ended the seven-win streak of Magramo, a fighter from the Elorde Boxing Stable under Johnny and Liza Elorde, following his first defeat against Pakistani Muhammad Waseem last November 27, 2016.

The title match finally happened after five postponements the past eight months, mainly because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The said title fight was originally set April 4, but due to COVID-19 pandemic, it was moved to June 6, and then to July 4, August 1, and then August 26. The Japan Boxing Commission finally opted to do it.