One of several interesting world title bouts this coming weekend will see Sho Kimura (15-1-2, 8) [木村翔] defending the WBO Flyweight title against fellow Japanese fighte Toshiyuki Igarashi (23-2-3 12) [五十嵐 俊幸], in what is both a maiden defense for Kimura and also a mandatory defense.
Today the two men went through their preliminary medical examination, and both men passed the medical tests with no problems.
The medical also featured the two men having measurements taken and they were relatively similar in stature, despite the fact Kimura fought much of his career at Light Flyweight and Igarashi flirted with Super Flyweight. Igarashi is 1.2cm taller and had a 2cm reach advantage, Kimura had a 4cm thicker neck and both men had the same size chest.
Whilst phsyically the two men are similar there is a huge experience edge in favour of Igarashi, who has had 10 bouts more, including 2 more world title bouts, 121 extra rounds and has a much stronger amateur background than Kimura. It is worth noting however that Kimura's big win came against former amateur star Zou Shiming and he won't be too respectful of Igarashi's experience here.
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