Japanese pair Yuta Matsuda (9-9-2, 4) and Tenkai Tsunami (10-8, 8) arrived in Mexico on Monday ahead of their fights this weekend in Monterrey.
Matsuda, sporting a white cap at the airport in Mexico, will be unlikely to come back to Japan with an extra victory on his ledger as he goes over to fight the monstrously hard hitting Adrien Estrella (15-0, 15) in a challenge for the WBC FECARBOX Super Featherweight title. Although Matsuda is showing bravery for his bout he really is being given no chance at all against a man with genuine KO power.
Of course it's not just Estrella's KO power that will be working against Matsuda but also the fact the Japanese fighter hasn't shown great durability through his career with 7 stoppage losses already against him including a 156 blow out late last year to Satoshi Hosono.
Whilst Matsuda genuinely has no chance there may an outside chance of a Japanese victory with Tsunami. The former WBA Super Flyweight champion, who fights Arely Mucino (18-2-2, 10), should be naturally bigger and stronger than her Mexico foe, though Mucino is very talented and held the sensational Jessica Chavez to a draw late last year. It's worth not that whilst Chavez could only draw with Mucino, Chavez actually dominated Tsunami.
This female bout does have the potential to see the upset though it's pretty unexpected in all honesty with many feeling that Mucino should have too much in her arsenal. One thing is for sure, we're looking forward to this fight a lot more than we're looking forward to Matsuda's bout with Estrella.
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