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Earlier today saw the pre-fight medical screening of both IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng and Kazuto Ioka ahead of their fight on Wednesday.
On paper the stats were interesting. Despite being the shorter man Ruenroeng has a significant reach advantage, something he'll be waning to use to good effect with his sharp straight punches.
Rather tellingly reach is the only size advantage Ruenroeng has and interestingly he is smaller in every other aspect.
What is quite remarkable is the way Ioka appears to have built up his body for this fight. The last time we had a "Tale of the Tape" for Ioka he was smaller, in almost every way. It seems that since fighting Felix Alvarado, Ioka has grown .4cm taller, .4cm "longer, .4cm thicker around the neck, yet has lost over a 1.5cm from his chest.
What Ioka certainly has, in terms of advantages, is a clear edge in experience in terms of total fights, total rounds and championship fights, as well as a significant edge in youthfulness with Ruenroeng well in to his 30's whilst Ioka is still peaking in his mid-20's.
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