This coming weekend the WBO Flyweight champion Kosei Tanaka (12-0, 7) [田中恒成] will look to defend his belt against former unified Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (27-3-2, 12) [田口良一]. Today the two men took part in their medical checks for the bout, and both passed their tests with no issues.
What was interesting was the measurements that the men had taken, which showed that despite moving up in weight Taguchi is the bigger man, in almost every way. He is 3.8cm taller, has a 9.5cm reach advantage and a 10cm thicker chest. It's hard to believe that he's the man moving up in weight, and that Tanaka is the champion, making us wonder just how much Taguchi had been draining to make the Light Flyweight division.
Interestingly the men were screened away from each other. Tanaka has his medical in Tokyo, whilst Tanaka has his in Nagoya, in what is actually quite a peculiar act, as usually both fighters are given their medicals in the same location. This however is no normal bout, and is set to be one of the most important in Japan this year.
Interestingly Taguchi revealed he's been able to sleep. Typically he's only managed a couple of hours a day ahead of world title bouts at Light Flyweight, but has managed 6.5hours recently, and has put that down to not being hungry and thirsty. Tanaka seemed relaxed and seemed confident in his ability and by winning the fight by fighting his fight.
For those wanting to watch the fight, we will be streaming it live on Saturday on the Asian Boxing homepage!
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This coming Tuesday WBO Minimumweight champion Vic Saludar (18-3, 10) will face off with Japanese challenger Masataka Taniguchi (11-2, 7) [谷口 将隆], in what will be Saludar's first defense of the title an Taniguchi's first world title fight.
Today the two men took part in their medical checks, and both came with a clean bill of health, and no issues, with both now looking like they will make health easily tomorrow, with neither having a significantly amount left to cut.
Whilst both passed the medical there was some interesting details that came from it. Notably Taniguchi is the taller man, by almost 2cm, but has the much shorter reach, with Saludar having a reach advantage of 7.2cm.
Both men seemed confident, and both seemed like they weren't too bothered by today's numbers, though it is telling that Saludar has such a freakish reach at the weight.
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On Monday we'll see the a new WBO Super Flyweight champion being crowned, as Japan's Kazuto Ioka (23-1, 13) [井岡一翔] and Filipino Donnie Nietes (41-1-5, 23) battle for the vacant title, a title that was actually vacated by Naoya Inoue earlier this year. The bout, in Macau, is a contest that is highly anticipated by the hardcore boxing fan base, despite not being televised in the West and has gotten a lot of attention by the boxing media.
Today the men, who will take part in the final world title fight of 2018, took part in their medical checks for their contest. Neither man had any issues with medical side of things, but it did show us a few physical difference between the two men, who are both world class veterans each looking to claim their 4th divisional title.
Nietes was the slightly longer man, holding a 1cm reach advantage over Ioka, who was 6.5cm taller than the Filipino. Interestingly Ioka also had a thicker chest, suggesting he can carry the weight slightly better than the Filipino.
Looking through the numbers Neites has had a much longer career, with almost twice as many fights as Ioka, with Nietes having had 47 fights to Ioka's 24, though both have a similar amount of world class experience, with Nietes having 18 fights at world level to Ioka's 15. Interestingly Nietes' fights on average go around 7.3 rounds whilst Ioka's go 8.75 rounds.
One of the biggest difference between the two men is age, with Ioka being the younger man by 7 years, and that will be an advantage he'll look to make the most of. Notably Nietes hasn't lost since a controversial defeat to Angky Angkotta back in September 2004, more than 4 years before Ioka even debuted!
This is a really interesting fight, and something we are looking forward to so much, before opening up the alcohol and bringing in the new year. This will be the final fight of the year, and is expected to be something very special!
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On New Year's Eve we'll see WBA Light Flyweight "Super" champion Hekkie Budler (32-3, 10) defending his belt against unbeaten Japanese challenger Hiroto Kyoguchi (11-0, 8) [京口 紘人] in Macau, in a very highly anticipated bout that could be a late contender for Fight of the Year.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men under went their medical examinations and both men passed without issue.
The medical saw various measurements being taken, and those measurements make it seem clear the two fighters have very different body types. Budler is the taller, rangier fighter. He has a small advantage in terms of height, 2cm taller, but a huge 9cm advantage in terms of reach. Kyoguchi on the other hand has a more thicker set body type, with a much thicker neck, 5.5cm thicker, and a huge chest, 11cm thicker.
In theory that would make fighting on the outside the key for Budler, but through his career the South African has fought mostly as an aggressive fighter type and he could find himself in a real brawl with Kyoguchi, who is much more powerful.
It's worth noting that Budler has his most clear advantages in terms of experience, with more than 3 times more fights, and more than 4 times as many rounds as the Japanese fighter, but at 30 and with a hard career behind him we wonder what he has left to give the sport.
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On Monday we'll see IBF Flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane (36-2, 24) defending his title against little known Japanese challenger Masahiro Sakamoto (13-1, 9) [坂本真宏], with the bout taking place in Macau as part of a stacked New Year's Eve card.
Today the two men underwent their physical examination and it was shown that Sakamoto has got some advantages. He was 5cm taller than the champion and had a 2cm reach advantage. Sadly though they are really his only advantages, with Mthalane being the more proven fighter and the man with far more experience. The South African champion has more twice as many fights as the Japanese fighter, more 3 times as many rounds and is used to fighting at world level.
Other than size the other notable advantage that Sakamoto has is youth, and he is 9 years younger than the champion, who at 36 is a very old fighter for the Flyweight division.
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