By Adrian Stewart Co
Negrense boxer JayR Raquinel hopes to have a shot of Japanese fighter Junto Nakatani, who recently captured the World Boxing Organization (WBO) world flyweight championship at the expense of Filipino boxer Giemel Magramo.
Raquinel’s manager Brico Santig said the Candoni, Negros Occidental-native fighter is ready to challenge the undefeated Japanese boxer and has kept himself in shape despite being inactive this year.
Raquinel, a current Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) flyweight champion, is a world-ranked flyweight boxer by World Boxing Council, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association.
“Despite the pandemic, JayR has kept himself in shape,” Santig said in an interview with Fight News Asia’s Sharma Devaiah. “I am hopeful that the WBO will take a look at his skills and give him a shot at a duel against Nakatani.”
“Seeing Giemel’s defeat has intensified JayR’s desire to step back and fight Nakatani,” he added. “He vowed to perform his best when given the shot against the Japanese Nakatani.”
Raquinel has been dubbed as “The Japanese Killer” after his dominating performances against three Japanese fighters namely Takuya Kogawa, Shun Kosaka and Keisuke Nakayama.
Boasting 12 wins with only one defeat, the Negrense boxer is known for his knockout power as nine of his victories came via knockout, of which three of the foes were Japanese fighters./ASC, WDJ