Today they both took part in their pre-fight medical examination, and it was clear that although Kano was the younger man he was the bigger man naturally. He boasted a 4cm height advantage and almost 9cm in reach advantage, whilst the men had similar chest and neck measurements.
Not only does Kano boast the natural size advantage but his clear advantage here is age. At just 18 years, 9 months and 4 days he's a boxing baby and lacks the wear and tear that Takayama has, following his 39 fight career. The more experienced man is 33 and has seen much better days. On the flipside however Takayama certainly has the edge in experience, not just in terms of fights but also against quality opposition with this being his 17th world title fight!
Another advantage Takayama has is the lack of pressure. Many see him as a spent force, a man who is pace dearly for a hard and painful career of wars. Kano on the other hand has a Japanese national record as well as the title and potential stardom to be fighting for.
Riku Kano chases history against action man Katsunari Takayama this weekend!
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)