Earlier today saw the weigh ins done for tomorrows Japanese show. Whilst female star Tomomi Takano (4-0, 3) clearly stole the headlines with her bizarre outfit the main fighters on the show all looked respectable and all managed to weigh in inside their limits.
For the main event we saw both Hisashi Amagasa (25-4-2, 16) and Vinvin Rufino (34-15-3, 16) weigh inside the 126lb Featherweight divisional. We're lead to believe that Rufino was the slightly heavier man on the scales though was dwarfed in terms of heigh by the freakishly tall Amagasa.
Amagasa seemed to hint that he knew his reach was a big strength and was something he was going to have to use keep the hard hitting and tough nosed Rufino at range. If the Filipino manages to cut the distance then this will be a very, very difficult nights work for the Japanese fighter, who will be defending his OPBF title for the first time.
For the chief support bout between Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Hidenori Otake (21-1-3, 9) and #1 ranked challenger Takafumi Nakajima (22-6-1, 9) both men weighed in at exactly the same weight of 55.2KG, around half a lb inside the limit.
These two, meeting for the second time, are expected to compete in a very even contest after their first bout went to a split decision. Despite that we've been informed that Otake is the narrow favourite.
We're hoping that the winner of Otake/Nakajima will move on to fight OPBF champion Shingo Wake later this year though it seems likely that the men will unfortunately all head off in different directions rather than giving up that unification bout.
(Photos courtesy of Boxingnews.jp)
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