Tomorrow in China fight fans will see hard hitting local hopeful Jun Zhao (11-2-1, 8) [赵君] battle against under-rated Japanese fighter Sonin Nihei (9-4-2, 1) [仁平 宗忍] in Diaobingshan.
The bout, which will see the two men battle for the the WBA Asia Bantamweight title, had it's weigh in earlier today and both men comfortably made the 118lb limit.
The Chinese fighter came in at 117.75lbs and looked good on the scales, though looked somewhat nervous at times.
Nihei was slightly lighter, weighing in at 117.5lbs, and whilst he looked more confident he also looked just a touch fleshy for what is his second bout outside of Japan.
Tomorrow subscribers to the Boxing Raise service will get the chance to see an excellent Japanese title eliminator, as the exciting Kai Ishizawa (6-0, 6) [石澤開] takes on former world title challenger Masataka Taniguchi (11-3, 7) [谷口 将隆]. The winner of the bout will enter 2020 as the mandatory challenger, and will compete in the Champion Carnival next year.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both looked in amazing condition for the bout, with both looking genuinely shredded.
On the scales Ishizawa, the short of the two men, was bang on the 105lb limit whilst Taniguchi was a little bit lighter, coming in closer to 104.7lbs for the contest.
At the weigh in Taniguchi revealed his weight loss had gone better this time than it had earlier in the year, when he lost to Vic Saludar. He seemed to be driven by his loss to Saludar and was determined to get back to winning ways. Ishizawa described his condition as perfect and whilst he added he wasn't too bothered about the perfect KO record he's got, he was focus on having an exciting fight, and doesn't want to be involved in a boring contest just because it's at Minimumweight. Having watched Ishizawa's rise it's fair to say he's yet to have a boring fighter thank to his aggression, power and style, and we don't see that changing here.
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Tomorrow fight fans will get the chance to see a WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title title bout, as Japanese pro-novice Tsubasa Murachi (4-0, 3) [村地翼] takes on former world title challenger Froilan Saludar (30-3-1, 21).
The bout is a huge step up in class for Murachi, who fights in his first title fight, whilst Saludar can't afford another loss if he's to ever reach the heady heights once expected of him. In fact a loss for Saludar here would see him suffer a 4th loss in 15 bouts.
The Japanese fighter, who was the clearly taller man at the weigh in, was around 114.7lbs on the scales. He looked in good shape, but like a youngster who was perhaps still maturing into a man with a rather slim torso. Given the way he looked there's a good chance he will bulk up in the future and make a mark at higher weights down the line.
Saludar, who looked much more filled out, was around 114.4lbs and looked good on the scales. He seemed confident and looked like a man who had been in these types of fights before, after all he has fought at world level before and did take on Sho Kimura only a few fights ago.
For fans wanting to watch this the bout will be available live on subscription service Boxing Raise.
Related - Murachi goes for gold in 5th fight, takes on Saludar for WBO regional title!
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Tomorrow we'll see Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Yusaku Kuga (18-3-1, 11) [久我勇作] make his first defense, of his second reign, as he takes on Yosuke Fujihara (18-6, 5) [藤原陽介].
For Kuga the bout will be his first since his thrilling rematch with Ryoichi Tamura in May, which saw him reclaim the title. As for Fujihara he will be fighting in his second title bout, coming more than 3 years after his contest with Yasutaka Ishimoto, which he lost 98-90 on all 3 card.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in, and both men made weight with no issues,
Kuga came in the heavier of the two men, at around 121.7lbs, which is slightly lighter than he's been in his last couple of bouts, but is around his typical weight and is the same as he was won he won the title, stopping Ishimoto in 2017, and lost the title, to Shingo Wake last year.
Fujihara on the other hand was around 121.5lbs on the scales, the lightest he's been since his loss to Ishimoto. Interestingly Fujihara turns 33 the day after the fight, so a win here would see him celebrate as a champion.
The bout, which headlines tomorrow's Dangan card, isn't likely to be the best bout of the year, but it's always good to see Kuga in action, especially given the punishment he took in his title win. It's even better when we can watch the bout live, and this is available live as it's being shown on Boxing Raise for their subscribers.
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Tomorrow, in Sheffield, England, fans will see once beaten Thai Aran Dipaen (6-1, 5) [แก่นนคร ศักดิ์กรีรินทร์] take on local hopeful Tommy Frank (11-0, 3) in a bout for the WBC International Silver Super Flyweight title.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men went through their weigh in and both came in comfortably under the Super Flyweight limit.
The Thai hopeful, making his UK debut, was the slightly heavier man, but both were almost a full 1lb under the limit.
Despite being heavier Dipaen was the shorter man, and also looked the naturally smaller man.
For fans wanting to watch this bout it will be aired in the UK on Freesport, and is expected to be a genuinely interesting test for both. Frank will be the favourite but the Thai is no push over, and this is his third bout away from home, following a loss in Russia and a win in Japan.
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