The first of the bouts tomorrow will be the IBF Minimumweight title fight between Katsunari Takayama (26-6-0-1, 10) and fellow Japanese fighter Shin Ono (17-5-2, 2).
Takayama came in marginally inside the 105lb limit, weighing 104.75lbs. This was Takayama's lightest weight since 2010, when he weighed 0.5lbs less for his fight with Tshepo Lefele and although it could suggest he's over-trained we tend to feel he was never struggling at the weight. In fact Takayama was posting on his blog about eating steak and was only just over the weight at his public work out last week. We're assuming he's fighting at his "natural" weight.
Ono, the challenger for the IBF Minimumweight title, weighed in dead on the limit at 105lbs. Although Ono was slightly heavier than Takayama he is more likely to have struggled to make the limit having never previously made the Minimumweight limit, in fact his previous lowest was 107lbs for his bout with Taku Matsui more than a decade ago. Incidentally Ono lost that bout and it'd be far from a shock to see him lose this one.
Ioka weighed dead on the Flyweight limit of 112lbs, a career high weight. Whilst this will be his Flyweight debut he did appear to look strong at the weight adding 4lbs from his previous highest and 5.5lbs from his most recent bout, a unanimous decision victory over Felix Alvarado.
At the time of the Alvarado fight we had assumed that Ioka was making weight comfortably at 108lbs though we may have been wrong and he may have either over-trained for that contest or had focussed too hard on weight. Whatever it was he has filled out excellently at 112lbs.
Ioka's opponent will be the reigning IBF Flyweight world champion Amnat Ruenroeng (12-0, 5) who was the slightly lighter man at 111.75lbs. Unfortunately we only have 2 previous weights for Amnat and as a result this is, as far as we know, the lightest of his career, 0.25lbs lighter than he was for his title winning performance against Rocky Fuentes earlier this year.
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