Ahead of the 2 world title clashes in Tokyo tomorrow the fighters did their weigh in and thankfully all 4 of the big names on the show came in on weight.
For the WBC Super Featherweight title fight between Takashi Miura (26-2-2, 19) and Dante Jardon (24-3, 20) both men weighed exactly the same coming in at 130lbs dead. For the WBA Super Featherweight title fight between Takashi Uchiyama (20-0-1, 17) and Daiki Kaneko (19-2-3, 12) Kaneko was dead on at 130 whilst Uchiyama was 1/4 pound under the limit.
Miura, at 130, is the same weight he was when he ripped the title from Gamaliel Diaz though is 1/2 pound lighter than when he faced Sergio Thompson back in August. Jardon is 1/2 heavier than the last time he fought a Japanese opponent, Akinori Kanai. If you've not yet read our thoughts on this fight our preview might be helpful.
For Uchiyama, who is defending his title for the 8th time, this is the tied lightest weight he has ever been for a professional fight and is the same as he was exactly a year ago for his bout with Bryan Vasquez. Kaneko is 1/4 pound heavier than he has been for his last 2 bouts though has regularly come in at 130. Despite the slight advantage for Kaneko we can't see this bearing any significance on the bout it's self, which we've previewed here.
With 2 major world title fights on the card it's fair to say that someone was going to struggle to steal the limelight. Amazingly however Tomomi Takano (3-0, 2), the female model-turn-boxer, managed to do just that as she turned up for the weigh in in what appeared to be a wedding dress. Takano, who is to face Kumi Oishi (1-2, 1) on the the under-card, failed to make weight at the first time of asking before removing silicone from her bra and various things from her hair and sneaking in under the agreed 115lb limit.
Although seemingly the heavier fighter on the scales Takano's key advantage will be her height, which is a staggering 19cm over Oishi and can clearly be seen in the image on the right.
Earlier today saw the preliminary screening of both Takashi Miura and his upcoming opponent Dante Jardon. The screening, done ahead of their clash on New Years Eve gave us some interesting information regarding the two men.
With these two fighters it's worth noticing that although Miura is the shorter man by 3cm he has a significantly better reach at 5cm. Both men have longer winspans than height but Miura's is staggeringly different and could well pose problems for Jardon, especially if the Japanese fighter can establish his longer punches through Jardon's somewhat wild wide punches.
As well as the reach advantages Miura also holds the advantage in terms of experience with 3 more total fights, 3 more world title fights and a staggering 66 extra rounds. Yes Jardon is, on paper, the bigger puncher but in our view not a lot splits them in the power stakes especially when you consider that Miura has knocked down Takashi Uchiyama and Sergio Thompson in 2 of his last 3 bouts.
Jardon's real advantages are hard to spot on paper and although he's the younger man by 4 years neither fighter is particularly old.
Despite viewing Miura as the man with most of the advantages we do think this bout is potentially one of the best fights of the year and if the WBC Super Featherweight title changes hands we certainly wouldn't be shocked.
If you're undecided on this fight it may be worthgiving our preview a read and getting excited about a fight that promises fireworks from both men.
Ahead of the their clash on New Years both Takashi Uchiyama and Daiki Kaneko under-went a medical which gave us some interesting stats regarding various aspects of the two men. Of course these stats won't decide the fight but they are interesting all the same and will almost certainly have some bearing on how the fight will be fought:
The key measurements from where we are sat are the height and reach stats which both favour Kaneko, who will be the quicker and rangier fighter in the ring. Outside of the physical stats the most glaring advantage for Kaneko is the 9 years of youth he has over Uchiyama, though Uchiyama hasn't looked "old" in his fights so far and we'd be shocked if father time suddenly got to him here.
For Uchiyama the clearest advantage is his experience in world title fights. He may have fewer total fights as a professional than Kaneko but they have been as a higher level and he'll have seen more in his 21 fights than Kaneko has seen in his 24 bouts. It's certainly not common for the champion to be the "less experienced" fighter but this is one of those cases where the fight numbers, and to a lesser extend round numbers, lie.
The bout, which will be televised on Tokyo TV, will see Uchiyama attempting to defend his WBA Super Featherweight title for the 8th time and will see him in action on a 3rd successive New Years Eve. Our preview of this bout, if you've not yet read it, can be found here.
The first news of a New Years Eve card in Japan has just become available over the last day or so. As with recent New Years Eve show's this one promises explosiveness with two Super Featherweight world title bouts, in what we hope will act as a prelude to a major rematch in 2014.
In a WBC Super Featherweight title fight Takashi Miura will make the second defense of his title. Coming in on the back of his fight of the year contender with Sergio Thompson, Miura will face Dante Jordan in what is another sure fire hit. In a WBA battle Takashi Uchiyama will take on Japanese national champion Daiki Kaneko.
Whilst Miura (26-2-2, 19), will be the side attraction in terms of his bout we do expect him to be given a good nights work by Jordan (24-3, 20) who himself is a hard hitter. With 39 KO's in 57 bouts the two can bang and both go into this contest on the back of their best victories. For Miura that was back to back victories over Gamaliel Diaz and Sergio Thompson, for Jordan that was victories over Miguel Roman, Adrian Verdugo, Akinori Kanai and also Diaz.
Interestingly Jordan is 1-1 against Japanese born fights, and 2-1 against Japanese based fighters thanks to victories over Kanai and Ricky Sismundo whilst he was beaten by Kyohei Tamakoshi. On the flipside Miura has scored his previous 2 victories over Mexicans.
In the all Japanese bout between the unbeaten Uchiyama (20-0-1, 17) and compatriot Kaneko (19-2-3, 12) we probably have a less interesting bout, though one that again sees a lot on the line. For Uchiyama it will be his 8th world title defense whilst it will be Kaneko's first foray into the world level. For Kaneko however it's a big opportunity and one that seems to have arrived at the perfect time.
As the reigning Japanese national champion Kaneko will be handing in his title for this bout, a title he has defended 4 times in around 18 months. Whilst his record may be sketchy on paper Kaneko is unbeaten in 16 contests and has won his last 6 by stoppage, including an 8th round stoppage over Seiichi Okada.
Uchiyama will rightfully be favoured, heavily, though will come in to this bout with just 15 rounds of action in almost 2 years and on the back of what we believe was a serious hand injury.
We are hoping that if the two Takashi's win then they will meet each other in a long awaited Uchiyama v Miura II contest, a bout that would see the WBA and WBC titles unified and a bout that would be sure to set the Super Featherweight division on fire.
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