Earlier today saw the official weigh in's for Saturday's fight at the Korakuen Hall. One of the more notable bouts that show will be the rematch between Akio Shibata (23-8-1, 9) and Makoto Fuchigami (21-9, 12). This bout, the second meeting between the two, will see Shibata attempting to defend his unified Japanese and OPBF Middleweight titles against Fuchigami, a former world title challenger.
The two men stepped on the scales earlier and both made weight with Shibata bang on the limit whilst Fuchigami came in around 1/2lb under the Middleweight limit of 160lbs.
In the first meeting between the two men back in May 2013, Shibata took a 9th round technical decision over Fuchigami to claim the OPBF title. This time Fuchigami is looking for revenge whilst Shibata attempts to retain not just the OPBF title but also the Japanese title that he won just 2 fights later when he took a clear win over the hard hitting Daisuke Nakagawa.
Although this is a huge bout for both men it's fair to say both are better known for losing than winning. Fuchigami was a victim of Gennady Golovkin back in 2012 whilst Shibata was the debut opponent of Ryota Murata. Despite those losses both men are very capable fighters and this should be a brilliant bout from start to end.
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