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.
Related - Kyoguchi challenges Budler in Macau!
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.
Related - Sakamoto looks to shock the Flyweight division, faces Mthalane!
On December 30th WBO Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (24-1-1, 12) [伊藤 雅雪] will make a mandatory defense of his title, as he takes on unbeaten Russian challenger Evgeny Chuprakov (20-0, 10).
Today the two fighters took part in their medical checks and had measurements taken. Those measurements showed Ito to be a much bigger fighter than the challenger.
Ito boasts a 7.5cm height advantages and 13cm reach advantage. He also boasts the advantage in terms of experience, with 50 rounds more and 6 bouts more, than Chuprakov.
Despite the advantages this is a big bout for Ito who's defending his title for the first time and headlining a free to air show in Japan, as opposed to headlining cards on G+ which gets a much smaller audience. And that's ignoring the fact he's headlining a year ending card. The pressure is on the Japanese champion, especially after his very impressive title winning performance against Christopher Diaz earlier this year.
Related- Masayuki Ito faces mandatory Evgeny Chuprakov
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One of 3 world title bouts taking place in Japan on December 30th is a WBC "interim" Bantamweight title bout, as the unbeaten pairing of Takuma Inoue (12-0, 3) [井上 拓真] and Petch Sor Chitpattana (48-0, 33) [เพชร ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] battle for the belt, which currently has no regular champion.
Today the two men went through their medical checks, and it was notable that Petch boasted significant reach and height advantages. In fact he's 4.7cm, almost 2" taller than Inoue and has an 11.4cm reach advantage.
Petch not only had advantages in terms of size, but also experience, with 4 times more bouts than Inoue and almost 3 times more rounds. Notably however Inoue's "round per bout is almost 8, showing he has more experience of going long in bouts, whilst Petch's bouts end around the 5 round mark. It's also notable that Inoue has faced much better competition than Petch, something he'll be hoping to rely on when the two fight in a few days time.
Related - Petch Sor Chitpattana and Takuma Inoue clash for WBC interim title!
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