Later today we will see WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (13-0, 11) [井上 尚弥] make his US debut as he as he defends his world title against once beaten American challenger Antonio Nieves (17-1-2, 9).
Yesterday the two men weighed in for the bout and both managed to make weight for the contest.
On the scales the champion was dead on the limit of 115lbs and looked in sensational shape for the bout. He and the Ohashi team that had travelled for the fight looked calm, relaxed and happy for the opportunity to shine on a huge global stage, with the fight being aired all over the planet, in markets that Inoue has scarcely touched in the past.
Nieves, who has fought much of his career as a Bantamweight, had amazingly got his weigth down to 113.8lbs, more than 1lb under the limit. The weight is almost 3lbs lighter than his previous lightest and it's clear he has worked hard to get into such great shape, and makes it even more impressive that he's had a very decent run up at the higher weights.
Hopefully a win in the US for Inoue will win over the fans and get him more opportunities to shine on such a huge card as this. However it's clear Nieves isn't just turning up to lose, and has taken his opportunity very seriously, and this should make for a thrilling contest.
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(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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