By Hisao Adachi
Japan's Masayoshi Nakatani has already left for the United States, as this Friday he will collide with fellow undefeated lightweight, Teofimo Lopez, in an IBF final eliminator.
The winner will get a crack at the current IBF champion, Richard Commey.
At the Osaka airport in Japan, Nakatani, who watched his countryman Ryota Murata's two round destruction of Brant to recapture the WBA "regular" middleweight on Saturday night, was even more motivated after watching the performance.
Now Nakatini wants to achieve the same level of success with Lopez.
"I can not help but get stimulated and excited and inspired by Ryota Murata's quick win to regain the world title in the rematch. Despite his great mental pressure before the fight, Ryota Murata was able to achieve a great victory. In my next fight against Teofimo Lopez in the USA, I am going to do everything possible to succeed and I'll use Ryota Murata for a guide," Nakatani said.
"Against Teofimo Lopez, I will go out in this fight with aggressive boxing from the first round to threaten my opponent and use my overwhelming will. I am ready and attentive to control myself in the ring at the moment of truth and I will have to win in a one-sided fight in my favor. I understand that Teofimo Lopez is an up and down boxer. I will have to be very careful during the fight. The most important thing is that I must demonstrate my usual pugilistic qualities in the US ring.
"I made the leap to the professional ranks to be a world champion. I have a stronger motivation than anyone else to secure that hope to get closer to crowning myself as a world champion. I will have to succeed in taking advantage of my stature and my reach."
Nakatani has an undefeated record of 18-0 with 12 knockouts. And Lopez also has an unbeaten streak of 13 wins and 11 knockouts.