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WBO flyweight champion Junto Nakatani defended his title for the first time on Friday in Tuscon, Arizona, after beating first-ranked challenger Angel Acosta of Puerto Rico on a fourth-round technical knockout.

Fighting his first bout abroad, the 23-year-old was on the front foot from the first round at Casino Del Sol and the referee soon had to intervene with Acosta bleeding from the nose after being caught with a good punch from the champion.

“I caught him in the first round and that enabled me to set the pace of the bout,” Nakatani said.

“The fans were excited so I believe I won in a good fashion. I have a strong desire to fight a title unification bout.”

Nakatani extended his perfect career record to 22-0 with 17 knockouts, while Acosta fell to 22-3 with 21 KOs.

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