Today the two men weighed in for their bout and both men made weight.
At the weight in a smiling looking champion was a full 1lb under the limit and looked calm, relaxed and full of confidence, as if he knew this was a chance to showcase his ability to the wider world. So far his career has bubbled under the radar for many fight fans, but a chief support place on a Pacquiao card is a huge opportunity to emerge from the shadows, and potentially join the mix at the top of the Super Flyweight table, where HBO are now putting in big money.
A more serious looking Kinoshita looked slightly drained and a lot less playful. It seemed as if the bout wasn't about making a name for him, but instead becoming a world champion, in what will be his second shot at the IBF title. He was a lot closer to the divisional limit and looked like a man who had pushed his body to make weight. Despite only being beaten once he is regarded as a huge under-dog here, but did sound confident in quotes given to the press, stating he was after a KO against the Filipino.
Ancajas faces Kinoshita in mandatory IBF defense!
(Image courtesy of Senrima Kobe Gym)