Today both fighters made the 140lb weight limit for the fight and both looked in great condition for what promises to be a genuinely good contest.
Okada, who won the title last year when he defeated Masayoshi Kotake, almost a year ago to the day, was involved in a great bout last July when he defended the title against the aggressive Shamgar Koichi. Both of those bouts went the distance though he did notably stop his first 7 foes.
Amazingly Okada has now weighed exactly 140lbs on the scales in 10 successive bouts.
Hokazono who has been stopped twice by monster puncher Keita Obara, was 140lbs for the 5th time in 6 bouts, though has had no trouble making the weight. Notably the challenger rides a 2 fight winning streak coming into the bout though those wins have been at a low level. Although more experienced Hokazono does lack much in terms of notable wins with his best victory to date coming against Kazuyoshi Kumano more than 4 years ago.
This bout is part of the Champion Carnival series of bouts though looks likely to get lost under some of the other bouts. It is however likely to out-shine it's co-main event tomorrow which will see Suyon Takayama defending the Japanese Welterweight title against Nobuyuki Shindo.
Fighters make weight for Japanese Welterweight title bout!
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