Tomorrow in Tokyo Japanese fight fans will be able to see heavy handed Japanese puncher Keita Obara (16-2-1, 14) [小原 佳太] take on Thai visitor Saddam Kietyongyuth (26-2, 21) [ซัดดัม เรือไวกิ้ง] in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title, with both men looking at the bout as a great chance to move towards a potential world title fight.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in and both comfortably made weight.
The taller, naturally bigger, Obara came in at 146.4lb and lookedlike a fighter who was happy to be fighting as a fully fledged Welterweight, having fought much of his career at 140lbs which had often been a struggle for him. Despite being much taller than the Thai he seemed to be wary of his foe and the fact that Saddam is a powerful and strong fighter. Whilst careful about the Thai he is confident that this will be the next step en route to a world title, and he's in clear pursuit of a second wold title fight.
Saddam on the other hand came in at 145.9lbs for the contest, well under the divisional limit. He sounded incredibly confident, stating the bout won't be a long one as he will score a quick KO over Obara, perhaps looking to imitate the performance of Eduard Troyanovsky, who stopped Obara in 2 rounds last year.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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