Today the two men weighed in for the bout and both fighters managed to make the contracted weight.
On the scales Watanabe was exactly 154lbs for the bout, coming in at the maximum that he's allowed. He looked in great shape and despite being a 14 year veteran of the sport he showed there was still life left in his legs last December, when he was involved in a thrilling bout with Magomed Kurbanov in Russia. Despite losing that bout with an 8th round TKO Watanabe really showed that there was still plenty for him to give the sport.
Ratchasi on the other hand was comfortably under the limit, weighing in at 152.75lbs for the bout, and looking in good shape. He has had a good run against Japanese fighters in recent years, beating Cobra Suwa, Yutaka Oishi and Jumbo Oda Nobunaga Shoten Petagine, though was stipped last Nivember by Takeshi Inoue. Interestingly Inoue actually began last year by taking a wide decision over Watanabe.
For fans wanting to watch this bout it will be aired live on G+ tomorrow.
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