The official weigh in's for Friday's fights in Tokyo took place earlier today and all the fighters made their contracted weight, including WBC Light Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (6-0, 5) who came in 100g under the limit for his first world title defence and surprisingly looked better at the weigh in than he did at the official signing on Wednesday.
Inoue's opponent for Friday, Thailand's Samartlek Kokietgym (17-4, 5), cleared the weight remarkably easily, coming 300g under the maximum allowed and strangely still looked like he had weight to lose if he needed to. For Samartlek the weight was never likely to be an issue on the scales though it did make it clear that he's not a true Light Flyweight.
The men faced off after the weight in and the physique of both fighters was very different. Samartlek was notably shorter, and although he looked good he didn't look great like the shredded Inoue who looked genuinely amazing.
Prior to the bout being announced a few months back there was a lot of worries that Inoue was done at the weight. Coming well under the limit today however suggests that the "Monster" may well continue at 108lbs a little bit longer than expected. It seems working with a dietician for the first time in his life has helped him here.
For Samartlek, who would have been hoping for Inoue to have over-done his weight loss, today's weigh in was bad news and it seems very unlikely that Inoue will be feeling too many ill effects of making the weight. In fact if anything the weight in today likely makes Inoue an even bigger favourite for the bout than he was already.
For those who are interested in our preview of this bout, it can be fond here.
(Image courtesy of http://efight.jp/)
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