The official weigh ins for tomorrows card in Osaka took place early today and saw the men in involved in the main event and co-feature all made weight.
The co-feature, which sees former WBA Minimumweight champion Ryo Miyazaki taking on world ranked Thai Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr saw both men weighing in dead on the Light Flyweight limit of 108lbs. This was no surprise as both Miyazaki (20-0-3, 11) and Sakkreerin Jr (22-2, 14) were actually going up in weight from their last fight. Maybe the biggest surprise here though is that Miyazaki was dead on the weight, perhaps suggesting his stay at 108lbs isn't going to be as long as we thought it may be. This may well be a stop gap for the young Japanese fighter who could be looking at an immediate jump to Flyweight, where he actually began his career.
For the main event we were surprised by the weight of both Kazuto Ioka (106.5lbs) and Nicaraguan challenger Felix Alvarado (106.75lbs). This is the lightest Ioka has been since his final Minimumweight title fight back in June 2012 whilst the challenger is the lightest he has ever been. The ease with which both men mad weight here is rather striking and could suggest that they have over-trained or possibly that Ioka has no intentions of moving up to Flyweight, something we had assumed was a given earlier in the week.
The main event, which will be the 3rd defense of the WBA Light Flyweight title by Ioka (13-0, 9) is to be aired on TBS and is the first world title fight for Alvarado (18-0, 15). For those wondering about our thoughts on the bout, you can read our preview here.
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