Today fans in Japan saw national Bantamweight champion Shohei Omori in action defending his title against Hirofumi Mukai. Tomorrow they get the chance to see the man Omori beat for the title, fight for the first time since Omori stopped him in sensational fashion.
That former Japanese champion is Kentaro Masuda (21-7, 11) who takes Wataru Miyasaka (9-3-1, 2) tomorrow at the Korakuen Hall, and today both of those men took part in their weigh in, with both making weight for their contest.
Their bout is supposed to be a stay busy fight for Masuda, who is scheduled to fight again in early November in a Japanese title eliminator bout against the talented Hideo Sakamoto, however it is still a potential banana skin for the 32 year old former champion.
At his best Masuda was a fringe world contender in his last two fights however he has taken a lot of punishment, with Omori stopping him in 3 rounds and Tatsuya Takahashi putting him through a 10 round slog. If those bouts have taken their toll on him then the unheralded Miyasaka could well play the spoiler tomorrow.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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