Next week we'll see WBA "super" and Ring Magazine Light Flyweight champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (13-0, 9) [京口 紘人] battle against Tetsuya Hisada (34-9-2, 20) [久田 哲也].
Today, ahead of their clash, the two men underwent their physical examinations in Japan, with both men passing all the medical tests.
As well as the medical tests both men had measurements taken and interesting the two men were physically very similar. Less than 1cm separate them in terms of height or reach, both in favour of Hisada. Interestingly though Kyoguchi did have a rounder body, with a thicker neck and a thicker chest.
Interestingly Hisada has the big edge in terms of fights, with 45 fights to Kyoguchi's 13, and Hisada 200 rounds more than Kyoguchi. He is however 9 years older and this will be his first world title fight.
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This coming weekend we'll see WBO Flyweight champion Kosei Tanaka (13-0, 7) [田中恒成] defending his title against Puerto Rican Jonathan Gonzalez (22-2-1, 13), in a mandatory defense.
Today the two fighters took part in their medical tests and both fighters passed without any issues, showing no problems with their health or physical condition.
What was more interesting than just passing the tests were the fact the fighters had measurements taken.
The measurements seemed to suggest that the fighters belong in different weight classes, and really belied the fact that Tanaka was fighting in his third weight class as he seemed to physically dwarf the challenger. The unbeaten champion boasted an 8cm height advantage and a 4cm reach advantage over the challenger, who looked much smaller. Tanaka also had a thicker chest, although it was only marginally bigger than that of Gonzalez.
The one size advantage that Gonzalez did have, strangely was the size of his fists, which were both 2cm bigger than those of Tanaka.
In theory Gonzalez has got the edge in experience, with 12 more fights and 22 rounds more professional ring time than Tanaka, though Tanaka has fought at a much higher level with 7 world title bouts under his belt, compared to the 0 of Gonzalez.
Related - Tanaka returns for next defense, faces "Bomba" Gonzalez
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On Friday we'll see Ryota Murata (14-2, 11) [村田 諒太] compete in a rematch with WBA "regular" Middleweight champion Rob Brant (25-1, 17), with Murata looking to reclaim the title he lost to Brant last year.
Today the two men took part in their medical check up or the bout and both passed their tests with little issue, whilst having measurements taken. Those measurements saw both coming across as physically similar, though Murata was 1cm taller and had a slightly thicker neck whilst Brant had a longer reach and thicker chest.
At the medical both seemed relaxed, though there was clearly a burning fire for Murata to avenge his 2018 loss and a calm confidence from Brant to repeat his 2018 win. The belief seems to be that Murata's preparations for the bout have been better than any he has had in the past though Brant seemed to suggest that he should still be favoured for the win.
Related - Brant and Murata go again, but will the outcome be any different?
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On Friday we'll see WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro (15-0, 8) [拳四朗] taking on mandatory challenger Jonathan Taconing (28-3-1, 22). Today, ahead of their bout, the two men went through their medical check ups.
The check ups saw both fighters passing with no issue, though interestingly they each boasted some significant physical advantage. For Kenshiro it was a height advantage, with the Japanese fighting standing 8cm (around 3.3") taller than the Filipino challenger whilst the challenger had a 3.5cm (around 1.3") advantage in terms of reach.
Outside of the physical advantages it's interesting that the argument over experience sees both men having a strong claim to say they are the more experienced man. Taconing has 32 bouts to his name, whilst Kenshiro has 15, however Kenshiro has gone 5-0 in world title bouts, with Taconing going 0-2, showing that Kenshiro has the edge in quality of experience.
At the medical both men seemed nonplussed by the numbers, with both remarking that they didn't really care and were instead focused on the fight, and making the most of what they have in their arsenal.
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This coming week we'll see a new WBO female Super Flyweight champion being crowned, as Miyo Yoshida (12-1) [吉田 実代] and Casey Morton (8-1-3, 1) battle for the belt in Chiba. Both fighters are looking to claim their first world title, and today both fighters went through their pre-fight medical.
Both fighters passed all the medical checks and had measurements taken. Those measurements saw Yoshida a slight height advantage whilst Morton had the edge in reach. Overall though both fighters were physically very similar, with the biggest different being a Morton's chest measurement, which was 3.5cm bigger than that of Yoshida.
Strangely Yoshida has fought much of her career at Bantamweight whilst Morton has fought as low as Flyweight, though physically it was hard to see where the natural size difference really was.
The bigger advantage, we suspect, will be the home advantage that Yoshida has coming into this bout, and we would expect that to possibly play a part in the overall result, as could the 4 year youth advantage Yoshida enjoys.
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