At the weigh in both men looked confident and in great shape. Although we know Obara does struggle to make 140lbs he looked in fantastic condition for a bout he is expected to win with ease. Okazaki on the other hand looked in almost as good shape, though isn't known to struggle to make Light Welterweight.
For Obara this is the second defense of the title that he won last year when he stopped Jay Solmiano. In his first defense the heavy handed champion iced the tough Shinya Iwabuchi in the final round and this bout is viewed as a step down from that one. Despite the step down there are some worrying about the weight issues with Obara who has made it clear that he sees his future at Welterweight.
As for the challenger little is really known about him other than he's a major under-dog with a record that won't make Obara worry about him. The challenger has only been stopped twice though has never been in the ring with someone who punches as hard as Obara.
Keita Obara looks to defend OPBF title against Yuya Okazaki, but is it a foregone conclusion? (Preview)
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