Today the two men weighed in for their bout, and both fighters made weight for the contest.
On the scales the champion was bang on the divisional limit and looked in great shape, like a man who has won the title and is putting everything into keeping it, and not cutting any corners in training. The taller challenger was notably lighter coming in around 107.5lbs, well under the limit. Despite that he didn't look like a fighter who had cut too much, instead looking like a confident veteran looking to claim a Japanese title in his third attempt.
Whilst the eyes on this bout will pale in comparison to those watching the world title bout between Zou Shiming (9-1, 2) [邹市明] and Sho Kimura (14-1-2, 7) [木村翔] it's clear to say that these two both come into this bout knowing it is a must win bout.
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