We are now just a couple of days away from the highly anticipated WBO Flyweight title bout, between defending champion Sho Kimura (17-1-2, 10) [木村翔] and mandatory challenger Kosei Tanaka (11-0, 7) [田中恒成].
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their pre-fight medical and neither man had any abnormalities. What they did have, however, were their measurements and over all the two men were somewhat similar, but Kimura was the naturally bigger man, not a surprise given that he is the natural Flyweight.
In regards to height there was almost nothing between the two men but Kimura boasts a 5.5cm reach advantage, a huge advantage given how Tanaka would probably be the man wanting to get in and out, and if Kimura can use that reach well he can strike as Tanaka comes in and potentially tag him again when he tries to get out.
Kimura also boasts small but notable size advantages in his neck and chest region, having a 2.1cm thicker neck and a 1.8cm thicker chest. These aren't massive advantages but do show that Kimura is the naturally bigger man and will likely be the heavier and sturdier man in the ring on Monday.
For those outside of Japan wanting to watch this contest, it will be shown live on the Asianboxing homepage!
WBO World Flyweight Title Fight Live-Streaming announcement
Kosei Tanaka goes for third world title, takes on in form Sho Kimura! (Preview)
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Earlier today in Rangsit, Thailand, fans saw Panya Pradabsri (23-1, 12) [เพชรมณี ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] retain the OPBF Silver Minimumweight title, as he scored a stoppage win over Indonesian visitor Stevanus Nana Bau (8-10-2, 2).
The talented Thai looked the better fighter through out the bout. He regularly backed up the visitor and landed solid shots with Bau throwing mostly arm shots to try and create space.
It was a risky tactic from Bau who was often looking like a bullied fighter unable to get respect of the Thai and it seemed to become more and more negative in round 6. With Bau on the retreat through the round the referee stepped in and saved the Indonesian, who had thrown some shots in return just as the third man stepped in. It was a weird stoppage, but clearly a merciful one by a referee who had seen the visitor take an increasing amount of punishment.
In theory this win puts the Thai in the running to face the winner of the upcoming OPBF title fight between Tsubasa Koura (13-0, 9) [小浦 翼] and Daiki Tomita (12-0, 4) [冨田大樹] on September 29th.
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Tomorrow at Wembley we'll get the chance to Anthony Joshua take on Alexander Povetkin in a defense of Joshua's Heavyweight titles.
On that card is Uzbek prospect Shakhram Giyasov (4-0, 3) [Shahram G‘iyosov], who will take on unbeaten Nicaraguan fighter Julio Laguna (14-0, 10) as both men make their UK debut.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in.
Both fighters looked in incredible shape at the weigh in and both came in a little bit over the Light Welterweight limit.
Giyasov was just over 143lbs and looked in truly fantastic shape, like a man who had come to the UK to make a statement. Laguna was the slightly lighter man, at 142lbs, and actually looked much smaller than the Uzbek. Just like Giyasov it's fair to say that Laguna is looking to make a statement but he's clearly the under-dog against the 2016 Olympic silver medal winner and 2017 World Amateur Championship gold medal winner)
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Earlier today saw the news that Kazakh hopeful Askhat Ualikhanov (3-1, 2) [Уалиханов Асхат] would be returning to the ring on September 28th. Not only that but that his opponent for that bout would be 27 year old American fighter Angel Hernandez (13-10-2 8 KOs).
The Kazakh, who lost his debut with DQ, will be looking to score a 4th straight but is stepping up in a big way.
Ualikhanov is a 27 year old southpaw who has been matched very softly so far. Despite that he is tipped for success and has been signed by Top Rank, who will be promoting the show on the 28th. He is also one of two Kazakh's one the card, along with the touted Janibek Alimkhanuly (2-0, 1) [Жанибек Алимханулы], who will be up against Carlos Galvan (16-7-1, 15).
Hernandez on the other hand is an out of form fighter, who has failed to win any of his last 4 bouts. Despite going 0-3-1 in that run he has mixed with good company, including unbeaten prospect Andy Vences and Darwin Price. He has never been stopped, is experienced and should give Ualikhanov some real questions to answer.
The main event of this card will see Jerwin Ancajas (30-1-1, 20) make his next defense of the IBF Super Flyweight title, as he takes on Alejandro Santiago Barrios (16-2-4, 7). The bouts with the Kazakhs are expected to both be shown on ESPN+ in the US
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Earlier today Japan's Shintaro Matsumoto (14-7, 10) [松本 晋太郎] challenged OPBF Light Heavyweight champion Aaron Lai (11-4, 10) in Australia. Sadly for Matsumoto he came up short, being saved from further punishment at the end of round 4.
Details on the bout are scarce though we have been informed that Lai showed superior defense, blocking much of Matsumoto's offense, whilst landing his own hard shots. Those hard shots left Matsumoto with a rib injury which eventually caused him to pull out of the bout.
Sadly for Matsunmoto this is his 5th stoppage loss in 21 bouts and it's hard to see where 33 year Matsumoto goes from this this. As for Lai it's his second successive defense, but we do hope he ends up facing a better challenger sooner rather than later.
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