Tomorrow fight fans in Japan will get the chance to see IBF Minimumweight champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (8-0, 6) [京口 紘人] take on mandatory challenger Carlos Buitrago (30-2-1-1, 17) in what will be Kyoguchi's first defense of the title. On paper the bout looks a really tough one for the heavy handed champion, and even more given the experience of Buitrago, who is fighting in his 4th world title bout.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both fighters managed to make weight, despite some original fears of Buitrago struggling to make 105lbs prior to his travel to Japan.
On the scales Kyoguchi was the heavier man, weighing in at around 104.75lbs, and looked in great shape. The weight is, interestingly, the lightest of his career so far and it seems clear that he has taken Buitrago very seriously, something that has come across in the build up to the fight. In some ways it seems he has taken Buitrago, as the challenger, more seriously than he took previous foe Jose Argumedo, who was the champion when Kyoguchi faced him.
As for Buitrago he was surprisingly way under the limit, coming in around 103.8lbs. Such a low weight does leave us wondering if Buitrago has over drained or been too hard on his body in training. He said to have been genuienly worried about his weight before leaving for Japan and coming in so light may have been a case of over-compensating for that.
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(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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