Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see the Japanese Welterweight title being unified, as "regular" champion Toshio Arikawa (14-4, 12) [有川 稔男] faces interim champion Daisuke Sakamoto (14-8-3, 8) [坂本 大輔]. The bout was supposed to take place earlier this year, before Arikawa suffered a serious injury that forced the bout to be delayed, and Sakamoto won the interim title during the time that Arikawa was recovering.
Today the two men took part in the bout and both men managed to make the 147lb limit.
On the scales Arikawa was the lighter man, coming in at 146.5lbs, and looked in amazing shape, whilst a slightly less ripped Sakamoto came in at 147lbs, bang on the divisional limit.
At the weigh in Arikawa apologised for being injured earlier in the year and forcing the bout to be cancelled when it was first planned. Sakamoto replied that he was thankful as it gave him a chance to become a champion, and it seems like he has used the experience of winning the interim title has helped to improve his skills and confidence ahead of the long awaited bout for the main title.
Interestingly the bout between these two will be their second, with Sakamoto having blown away Arikawa in their first meeting a few years ago. He'll be looking fora repeat whilst Arikawa will be seeking revenge.
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