The champion weighed in at 105.4KG's pretty much equal with his heaviest weight so far, a weight that he recorded last time out when he fought Nobuhiro Ishida and looked really lacklustre in taking a narrow decision.
As for the challenger he came in at 101.5KG's, slightly heavier than he was for his last bout but still one of the best weights of his career, certainly one of the lowest of the last 6 years.
What this means is that Takehara is notably lighter than Fujimoto, the reverse of what happened when the men fought last year. In their first bout it was Takehara who was the heavier man, coming in just under 104.5KG whilst Fujimoto was just over 102KG.
Whilst this may not seem too significant for a Heavyweight bout it's interesting because of what happened last time the two men met and the advantages of both men. In their first bout Fujimoto used his speed and movement to rack up the early rounds though at the end of the bout looked exhausted. If he's carrying more weight this time around it could be that he'll tire quicker and looked less sharp early in the bout. If that happens then this really is Takehara's bout to lose.
Going into the bout both men have proclaimed they are going for a KO and both know that to impress fans they will likely need to deliver.
As a side note we're expecting the winner to fight Nobuhiro Ishida on New Years Eve in what will be another promising Japanese Heavyweight bout.
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