Magramo loses world title bout

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GIEMEL Magramo failed in his bid to become a world champion after an eighth-round stoppage from Japanese youngster Junto Nakatani in the eighth round of their World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight contest on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

The 22-year-old Nakatani dominated the fight and forced Magramo to either defend or clinch. Magramo, however, had his moments and landed a few of his heavy punches but the young Nakatani took it like a champion.

In the seventh round, Nakatani dropped Magramo in what seemed more of a push than a punch.

Nakatani dropped the 26-year-old Magramo again in the eighth round with a thudding left. Although Magramo beat the count, referee Nobuto Ikehara saw the Filipino wasn’t fit to continue and waved it off at the 2:10 mark.

The WBO flyweight belt that was vacated by Kosei Tanaka will remain in Japan after Nakatani’s victory.

Nakatani remained unbeaten at 21-0 with 16 knockouts, while Magramo saw his seven-bout winning streak come to an end and dropped to 24-2 with 20 knockouts.

Magramo was the No. 1 rated boxer in the WBO flyweight division coming into this fight, while Nakatani was ranked No. 3. (EKA)