Back in August fight fans in Japan saw Takuya Mizuno (12-1-1, 11) [水野拓哉] claim a narrow decision win over Ryota Ishida [石田凌太] to become the first ever Japanese Youth Super Bantamweight champion. Tomorrow he will be making his first defense of the title, as he takes on the under-rated Yuki Iriguchi (9-1-1, 4) [入口 裕貴].
The men took part in their weigh in earlier today with Mizuno being bang on the limit, and Iriguchi coming in a lil under the maximum allowed, at 121.75lbs.
Coming in to this the champion is riding a 5 fight winning streak, with 4 stoppge, and has rebuilt well since a 2015 loss to Tenta Kiyose in the Rookie of the Year. Although a heavy handed fighter Mizuno is also a capable boxer, and his two bouts that have gone the distance have both been razor thin, winning a split decision and losing a majority decision. Although in good form it should be noted that his best wins are over the likes of Ishida and Renji Ichimura, both solid fighters but nothing spectacular.
As for Iriguchi this will be his first title bout of any kind Iriguchi began his career with a 5 fight winnign streak being being stopped by Hibiki Joko, and then fighting to a draw with recent Mizuno victim Noboru Osato. At 5-1-1 (3) Iriguchi was struggling, but since then he has reeled off 4 wins, including very good wins over Kenshin Oshima and Ryohei Takahashi, who was in amazing form prior to the bout. Those wins have turned Iriguchi's career around, and seen him develop into a much more confident, and skilled fighter.
For fans interested in watching this one, it will be included on the Boxingraise service on a Video on Demand basis, long with the rest of the show.
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