Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both made weight for the bout.
On the scales Nishida, the shorter man, was 159.6lbs, and looked in great shape. Although in fantastic condition this will be his first bout in around 11 months, and his first since suffering an out of the ring injury, that forced him to pull out of a September bout against Makoto Fuchigami. Despite that lay off he sounded confident and like a man determined to come out on top.
Ebisu was the slightly heavier man coming in at around the divisional limit, and looked in great shape himself, whilst also boasting a couple of inches height advantage over Nishida. Like Nishida he was confident and sounded like he had scouited Nishida and his style well, coming with a well prepared game plan.
Hikaru Nishida and Tomohiro Ebisu battle to unify the Middleweight crown!
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)