Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest and both fighters made weight on their first attempt.
The taller, longer, younger Matsumoto was the heavier man, coming in on the divisional limit of 122lbs. He looked in fantastic shape and seemed to be confident, explaining that he sees this bout as a moment of fate. He seemed to be encouraged by promoter Hideyuki Ohashi, who claimed his first world title just over 28 years ago, in the very same arena.
As for the champion he was comfortably under the limit, coming in at 121lbs. He too seemed confident and relaxed, and he stated that his weight loss went well and that he was expecting a potentially tough fight. He didn't stay at the weigh in for very long before heading out of the venue, likely looking to add on some water weight and get somewhere comfortable for the rest of the day.
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