As previously reported the weigh ins for tomorrows fights in Japan all took place today and every fighter made their contracted limit. Now however we have the precise weights, to within 1/4 of lb.
For the main event between Akira Yaegashi (20-3, 10) and Roman Gonzalez (39-0, 33) it was the flag wielding-Don King impersonating Gonzalez who was the "smaller" man. Gonzalez came in at 111.75lbs, 1/4lb inside the limit. As for Yaegashi he was bang on the weight.
The advantage of Yaegashi on the scales is unlikely to equate to much, if anything, tomorrow with Gonzalez expected to be over 120lbs in the ring.
For the other world title bout, the WBC Light Flyweight contest between unbeaten Japanese youngster Naoya Inoue (6-0, 5) and Thai challenger Samartlek Kokietgym (17-4, 5), it was again the Japanese fight and defending champion who had the slight edge. Inoue weighed in at 107.5lbs whilst Samartlek was 107.25lbs. Again a difference of 1/4 of a lb.
Although Inoue made the weight relatively easily his father, and trainer, Shingo Inoue made it clear that he wanted this to be Naoya's final Light Flyweight bout. Despite struggling bad with weight last time out Inoue made it easily this time with the help of a nutritionist and supplements though it seems even the nutritionist would be foolish to try and keep the fighter at 108lbs.
Not only did Naoya make weight relatively easily but he looked absolutely amazing on the scales with a ripped torso that seemed to suggest he really is a monster in the gym, just like he is in the ring. As for Samartlek weight never really seemed an issue seeing as he was actually coming up from Minimumweight where he has held various minor titles.
One Japanese fighter who was, in theory, at a minor disadvantage was Olympic champion Ryota Murata (4-0, 4) who came in at 161.25lbs, a full 1/2 lb lighter than Mexican Adrian Luna Flores (17-2-1, 11), 161.75lbs.
Although Luna Flores had the advantage on the scales Murata seemed pleased by his foe who apparently had to weigh in with a towel and looked poor on the scales. Murata seemed to hint that he thought Luna Flores's body looked weak and that that was going to be the weakness of the Mexican who didn't look great. It may be worth noting that Luna Flores actually began his career as a Cruiserweight and and maybe making the contracted 73.4KG was too much for him at this point in time.
Although Luna Flores struggled Murata looked great and was confident of his conditioning.
One other image that we received a few moments ago came from one weigh in for the under-card bout between Japanese hopeful Ryo Matsumoto (11-0, 9) and Thailand's former world champion Denkaosan Kaovichit (63-4-1, 26).
Matsumoto came in at 117.5lbs whilst Kaovichit, a former world title holder at Flyweight, came in surprisingly heavy at 117.75lbs. To put it in perspective Kaovichit is 4lbs heavier than he was when he fought Kohei Kono for the WBA Super Flyweight title less than 6 months ago. For Matsumoto, who really towered over his Thai foe, this bout still leaves us questioning where his immediate future lies though it's clear he's going to end up a fully fledged Featherweight before his career is over.
One pair of fighters we didn't get a picture of was Takuma Inoue (2-0) and Chanachai Sor Siamchai (0-0). We've been told that Inoue was 111.5lbs whilst Chanchai was 112lbs giving the Thai debutant the edge in weight though it's unlikely he'll have the skills to match the younger of the two fighting Inoue brothers.
(All images here courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
(An extra little piece on Yaegashi/Gonzalez, including a different photo can be found here whilst a similar short piece on the Inoue/Samartlek can be found here)
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