Former two-division titleholder Junto Nakatani will step up to bantamweight to challenge Alexandro Santiago for the WBC title at the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo, Japan, on February 24, 2024.

On the same card, WBA bantamweight titlist Takuma Inoue will put his belt on the line for the first time against former IBF junior bantamweight belt holder Jerwin Ancajas. The two had been scheduled to fight on November 15, but the fight was postponed in October after Inoue suffered a broken rib.

Here's everything you need to know about Alexandro Santiago vs Junto Nakatani.

Alexandro Santiago vs Junto Nakatani

When is Alexandro Santiago vs Junto Nakatani?

Date: Saturday, February 24.

Time: At 7:00 AM EST

Location: Tokyo, Japan 

The fighters are expected to ringwalk at around 12:00 PM UTC at Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan, which is 7:00 AM EST or 4:00 AM PST on the West Coast of America, or 12:00 PM GMT in the UK.

What has been said?

Alexandro Santiago steps into the ring with a record of 28 wins, 3 loses and 5 draws, 14 of those wins coming by way of knockout.

Junto Nakatani will make his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 26 wins and 0 draws, with 19 of those by knock out.

The stats suggest Nakatani has a large advantage in power over Santiago, boosting at 73% knock out percentage over Santiago's 50%.

Alexandro Santiago is the older man by 2 years, at 28 years old.

Nakatani has a height advantage of 4 inches over Santiago. This also extends to a 2-inch reach advantage.

Alexandro Santiago fights out of the orthodox stance, while Junto Nakatani is a southpaw.

Santiago is the more experienced professional fighter, having had 10 more fights, and made his debut in 2012, 2 years and 4 months earlier than Nakatani, whose first professional fight was in 2015. He has fought 87 more professional rounds, 217 to Nakatani's 130.

Alexandro Santiago goes into the fight ranked number 3 by the RING at bantamweight.

Junto Nakatani is currently ranked number 1 by the WBC in the 118lb division.



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