Tomorrow Japanese fight fans at theKortakuen Hall will get the chance to see a Japanese Flyweight title bout, as reigning champion Masayuki Kuroda (27-7-3, 15) [黒田 雅之] takes on first time challenger Mako Matsuyama (8-12-2, 3) [松山 真虎], in what will be Kuroda's first defense of the title which he won earlier this year.
On the scales Kuroda came in just under the limit, at 111.75lbs, and looked in great shape. The former Japanese Light Flyweight champion now appears to be a fully fledged Flyweight, after looking under-sized in some earlier bouts, and although not a banger at 112lbs, he does look like a fighter who has naturally filled into the weight and looks good at Flyweight.
Matsuyama on the other hand came in bang on the divisional limit of 112lbs, and yet strangely looked the smaller man. He was in good shape, but didn't look as thick or bulky as Kuroda, instead looking like a man with a very slim waist. It should be noted that he has fought as a Super Flyweight in the past, and perhaps his record would have been better had he fought at Flyweight through his career, rather than moving between the two weights.
Kuroda seeks first defense as he takes on Matsuyama!
(Image courtesy of Daily.co.jp)
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