Today, ahead of that bout, the two men weighed in for the bout.
On the scales Shibata was just under the limit, weighing in around 159.8lbs, whilst Maebara was was well under the limit, sneaking in under 159lbs for the bout.
For Shibata, who has been fighting as a Middleweight consistently since 2013, the weight is around his norm and it seems that he has trained just as hard for this bout as he did for bouts against the likes of Makoto Fuchigamu and Daisuke Nakagawa. As for Maebara the weight is his lightest since his debut, more than 3 years ago and we suspect he has really upped his training for the bout.
Interestingly whilst Shibata was the heavier man he was also the shorter man. The champion was measured as being 183cm, or 6'0", whilst Maebara was 190cm, or 6'3" and the challenger is expected to be the notably bigger man when the guys get in the ring tomorrow.
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