Tomorrow fight fans in China will be able to see Baishanbo Nasiyiwula (14-2-1, 6) [拜山波] take on Venezuelan foe Ernesto Espana (26-1-1, 21) in a bout for the WBC International title at 140lbs.
Today the two fighters made weight, with Baishanbo weighing 139.5lbs and Espana weighing 139.25lbs.
Despite both making weight the weigh in didn't go off without a hitch, as the two men came close to a brawl on the scales.
It's unclear why these two felt the need to have a fight before their bout, but it's not the first time Baishanbo has been involved in an incident at the weight in, with a fight almost breaking out when he weighed in for his bout with Rikki Naito in Japan last year.
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Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall get a really brilliant card. Among the interesting match ups on the show is a Featherweight bout between recent OPBF title challenger Shingo Kawamura (16-4-1, 8) [河村真吾] and Ryo Sagawa (5-1, 3) [佐川遼].
Today the two men took part in their weigh in, and both men made the 126lb limit, those specifics haven't been given to us at the moment.
Not only did both men make the limit but both looked in fantastic shape for what is a key bout for both men. The winner of this will take a huge step towards a title fight in the new year and will be full aware of how significant this contest is.
Coming in to the bout Kawamura is looking to bounce back from an August stoppage loss to Satoshi Shimizu [清水 聡] whilst Sagawa is looking to build on an upset stoppage win over Ryo Matsumoto [松本亮], from back in September.
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Tomorrow Japanese Lightweight champion Shuichiro Yoshino (8-0, 6) [吉野 修一郎] will be seeking his third defense, as he takes on Kazumasa Kobayashi (10-7-1, 6) [小林 和優] at the Korakuen Hall.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both men made made weight for the bout.
On the scales the champion, the slightly shorter man, was 134.7lbs whilst the challenger was 135lbs.
At the weigh in Yoshino stated that weight loss for this bout was better than usual and that he's expecting a KO here. It's clear he's wanting bigger challenges, and although he didn't explicitly state anything we wouldn't be surprised to see him vacate the title, if he wins, rather than face mandatory challenger Accel Sumiyoshi (11-4-3, 3) [アクセル住吉] at the Champion Carnival.
Kobayashi made it clear that he had long hoped for a title fight, and even admitted that he knew the champion was better, however he will give everything. It seems clear that he knows this is likely to be his only shot and there is nothing to lose. Few are giving him any chance. But it's something he has worked his career for.
We're also glad to report this bout will be aired on Fuji TV, on a tape broadcast this coming weekend.
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Tomorrow at the EDION Arena Osaka fight fans will be able to see OPBF Lightweight champion Masayoshi Nakatani (17-0, 11) [中谷正義] take on Hurricane Futa (25-7-1, 15) [中岸風太], in what will be Nakatani's 11th defense of the title.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest.
On the scales the unbeaten Nakatani was 134.7lbs whilst Futa was bang on the divisional limit of 135lbs.
Despite being the lighter man Nakatani towered over his foe and has significant reach advantage. He seemed surprised by how short Futa was, though everyone knew there would be a notable difference in height.
If Nakatani wins here, we're expecting him to begin a long awaited pursuit of a world title fight, something that he really should have done a long time ago if we're being honest.
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Tomorrow fight fans at the EDION Arena Osaka will get the chance to see Japanese Welterweight champion Ryota Yada (17-4, 14) [矢田良太] take on Shusaku Fujinaka (16-9-2, 10) [藤中 周作], in what will be Yada's second defense of the national title.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout, which will be made available on demand on boxingraise though not shown live.
At the weigh in both men made weight.
On the scales both men came in under the limit. The lighter man was Yada though he was only slightly lighter than Fujinaka. Both were in great shape, and looked very relaxed, despite how significant the bout is.
Yada seemed confidence and there is a chance that if he looks good tomorrow he will progress beyond Japanese titles and move on to OPBF or Asia Pacific titles at some point in 2019. For Fujinaka on the other hand this will be his first Japanese title after a 14 year career, though he has twice fought for WBO Asia Pacific titles, losing by stoppage in both of those bouts.
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