Tomorrow fans in Japan get the chance to see a Teiken promoted double header at the Korakuen Hall. One of those bouts features popular brawler Yoshihiro Kamegai (25-3-1, 22) who faces little known Filipino fighter Nelson Gulpe (8-5, 3). The bout is supposed to be a homecoming bout for Kamegai who has fought his last 3 bouts in the US, losing 2 of those.
Today Kamegai and Gulpe took part in their weigh in and both made the contracted weight with some wriggle room, with both fighters weighing an identical 153¾lbs. For Kamegai this was the heaviet of his career, 2¾lbs heavier than his previous heaviest, against Oscar Godoy. As for Gulpe, who's weights are incomplete, this was more than 20lbs heaviest than his lightest.
At the weigh in both looked fleshy but there was genuine enthusiasm from Kamegai who seems happy to be back in Japan and seems delighted to be fighting back at the Korakuen Hall, a venue that is regarded as the holy of Japanese boxing.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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