Thge IBF Minimumweight title bout, between former WBA champion Etsuko tada (14-2-2, 4) and Mexican challenger Kareli Lopez (8-5-3, 2) saw both fighters making weight on their first attempt. Tada, who's only losses have come to the excellent Anabel Ortiz, just hit the limit whilst Lopez was marginally lighter, though we really do mean marginally, around 1/8th of a lbs. For Tada this is a chance to become a 2-time champion whilst Lopez is looking to claim her first world title, notably both were confident and very relaxed at the weigh in and it seemed like they were both enjoying the build up to the fight.
For the other bout we saw the experienced Hasegawa (34-5, 15), a world champion at both Bantamweight and Featherweight, come in at a career high 127lbs against Mexican visitor Carlos Andres Ruiz Machuca (14-1, 5), who was 126lbs. Coming in to this bout both men had talked about using their brain and technique to claim victory in what is, by far, the biggest bout of the Mexican's career.
Tada goes for IBF gold as she battles Kareli Lopez!
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