With 5 world title bouts taking place on December 31st in Japan this year it's easy to ignore the other action, but one of those other bouts really does look too good to ignore. That's the Super Featherweight unification bout between OPBF champion Masayuki Ito (19-1-1, 9) [伊藤 雅雪] and WBO Asia Pacific champion Takuya Watanabe (30-6-1, 16) [渡邉 卓也], a bout so good that Boxingraise will feature it on tape delay!
Today those two men took part in their weigh in and although they appeared very different both made weight.
On the scales Watanabe was bang on the limit of 130lbs and looked shredded. He looked like a man pushing the boundaries of the division and not like a fighter who had been fighting for the Japanese Featherweight title around a year ago. On the other hand a less ripped looking Ito made the limit with room to spare, coming in at 129.6lbs.
Although the two men looked very different the key to victory will be their skills and both are criminally under-rated fighters who will know that a win on Saturday could potentially open the door to a world ttle fight in 2017, with both guys currently world ranked and this bout is essentially a world title eliminator as well as a regional title unification bout.
Masayuki Ito and Takuya Watanabe fight to unify crowns!
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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