On the scales Takayama weighed in at 147lbs, the divisional limit. It was the 4th successive time that he's weighed in on the limit. Takayama has been the champion since December 2012 though his reign has done little to suggest he's anything special with all 4 defenses being decision wins with 3 of them being very close bouts, just like his title winning bout.
Shindo, the much taller man, made the limit easily, coming in at 145¾lbs, an equal career low that matches the weight he weighed against Shogo Aoyagi in his second professional bout, way back in 2008. Coming into the bout Shindo is on a 4 fight winning streak, including 3 stoppages, though those wins have come against lower tier fighters.
The bout isn't expected to be an all time classic though it should certainly be an interesting on, especially given the notable differences in the size of the fighters and their history in the ring together. That history saw Takyama taking a split decision over Shindo back in the East Japan Rookie of the Year final back in 2008.
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