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Vasyl Lomachenko vs Masayoshi Nakatani Predictions & Tips - Loma To Bounce Back From Loss

  • Vasyl Lomachenko vs Masayoshi Nakatani predictions for Saturday, June 26
  • Lomachenko vs Nakatani taking place at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas in Paradise, Nevada
  • Loma lost lightweight titles last October
  • Lomachenko tipped to bounce back
  • Preview, predictions and head to head stats
Vasyl Lomachenko (r) in action (Getty Images)
Leigh Copson 23 Jun 2021
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Vasyl Lomachenko vs Masayoshi Nakatani Predictions & Tips


Vasyl Lomachenko can bounce back from losing his world lightweight titles.

Lomachenko was hit repeatedly and ran out of steam as he lost the belts to Teofimo Lopez last October.

‘The Matrix’ blamed the loss on a shoulder injury though, and he does deserve the benefit of the doubt.

If the ‘real’ Loma turns up he should be able to fend off Masayoshi Nakatani and either earn the decision.

  • Vasyl Lomachenko has a 14-2 professional record
  • Vasyl Lomachenko has faced some of the lightweight division’s best
  • Vasyl Lomachenko has better footwork and better boxing skills
  • Vasyl Lomachenko has an excellent defence that may have been affected by injury in his loss
  • Masayoshi Nakatani is 1-1 in fights outside of his native Japan
  • Masayoshi Nakatani has a knack for head-hunting and could be picked apart

Vasyl Lomachenko Form


Vasyl Lomachenko quickly established himself as a premier lightweight after moving into the professional ranks in October 2013.

In only his third pro fight he became WBO featherweight champion, and in his seventh fight he became WBO junior lightweight champion.

The Ukrainian then became a world lightweight champion in his 12th professional outing when he stopped Jorge Linares in the 10th round.

That victory earned Lomachenko the WBA (Super) and Ring magazine belts, and he then added the WBO title by beating Jose Pedaraza over 12 rounds.

Loma successfully defended those belts by stopping Anthony Crolla inside four rounds and then added the WBC belt with a decision win over Luke Campbell.

However, his 13-fight win streak was brought to a halt when he dropped a unanimous decision in a unification fight with IBF title-holder Teofimo Lopez in October last year.

That loss left Lomachenko with a 14-2 record, with 10 of his victories coming via knockout.

Masayoshi Nakatani Form


Masayoshi Nakatani spent the first seven years compiling an 18-0 record in the domestic scene before finally making a splash globally.

In his first fight outside his homeland, Nakatani took on the man who dethroned Lomachenko last year, Teofimo Lopez.

The 32-year-old was soundly beaten in that eliminator fight though, with the judges awarding Lopez scores of 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109.

That was Nakatani’s first defeat inside a professional boxing ring, but he bounced back last December.

The Japanese fighter showcased his stopping power with a ninth-round finish of Felix Verdejo, but at the time of the stoppage he was down on all three scorecards. He was also dropped twice himself.

Nakatani now has a record of 19-1, with 13 of those victories coming via stoppage.

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Where is Vasyl Lomachenko vs Masayoshi Nakatani taking place?

Vasyl Lomachenko vs Masayoshi Nakatani is taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, June 26.

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Verdict

Lomachenko needs a victory here and he needs to fight smart because Nakatani has plenty of power.

We could see a disciplined approach from ‘The Matrix’ that sees him outbox his opponent over 12 rounds.

Best Bet: Lomachenko by Decision Method Of Victory @-109.89 at BetMGM - 2 Units

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