Tomorrow Japanese fight fans will see a Japanese Light Middleweigth title fight as veteran Koshinmaru Saito (23-8-2, 13) [斉藤 幸伸丸] takes on the fast rising, Takeshi Inoue (8-0-1, 3) [井上 岳志] for the currently vacant title. The bout will be Saito's 7th title fight, with his current record a less than flattering 0-5-1 in bouts for belts, whilst Inoue will be fighting in his first title bout.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both came in on the divisional limit.
For Saito this bout marks his third title contest at 154lbs, and sees him coming in at the same weight as he did last time out, when he fought to a draw with the then OPBF champion Takayuki Hosokawa. As for Inoue the bout sees him coming in a little heavier than he did last time out, but both looked in good condition for the bout.
Although a veteran Saito seemed to suggest that he was in the best condition of his career, following a change of diet and over-all training. He seems to be aware that this could be his last chance, and he's putting it all on the line here in what could be a crowning moment for his career, or another disappointment. For Inoue this is a huge chance to make a name for himself and to move towards bigger and better fights.
Saito and Inoue battle for Japanese crown!
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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