Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see WBO female Minimumweight champion Kayoko Ebata (11-7, 6) [江畑 佳代子] make her first defense of the title, as she battles Korean veteran Ji Hyun Park (22-2, 6).
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both fighters made the 105lbs weight limit with some ease.
The champion was the heavier fighter on the scales, coming in at 104.7lbs. She looked in very good shape for a woman in her 40''s andf it's clear that she knows a loss here will probably end her career. She has been a repeated title challenger, before winning the title last year, and will not want to give the belt up. She admitted that she was feeling tension and that she has long felt that her career is on the edge of a cliff, essentially admitting that she can't afford to lose the title.
As for Park, who hasn't fought in over 2 years, she spoke about her IFBA title reign, though this will be a chance to claim a "big 4" recognised title. She was even more under the limit, coming in at 103.6lbs and looking in terrific shape for what really will be a career defining contest. She has been unbeaten in over a decade and will be looking to extend that streak here.
Veteran Ebata looks to defend against Korean foe Park
(Image courtesy of Sponichi)
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