The almighty James Ellsworth coined the catchphrase "any man with 2 hands has a fighting chance" and that could be a line to inspire Japan's Hiroshige Osawa (30-3-4, 19) [大沢 宏晋] tonight, as he takes on WBO Featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (20-0, 18). The bout, the biggest of Osawa's career by far, could set him up as a major player at Featherweight, or see him sent back to Japan as another of Japan's many ill-fated travellers, who have earned the countries fighters something of a reputation as being terrible on the road.
Last Osawa and Valdez took part in the weigh in for their bout and both men came in at around 125¼lbs, well under the divisional limit for the contest.
For champion the weight is his lowest since turning professional 4 years ago. He has been similar weights before, weighing in at 125½lbs against Evgeny Gradovich back in April, but has also been as high as 129¼lbs, suggesting that he has taken this fight incredibly seriously against Osawa and cut no corner in training, to be at his best for the contest.
Interestingly Osawa has also come in at a career lowest, having previously never been lower than 125½lbs. In fact for the third bout in a row Osawa has weighed in at a new career lowest weight. Although coming in low it is worth noting that Osawa actually began his career, wat back in 2004, with a bout close the the Light Welterweight limit, annd has fought much of his career at Lightweight and Super Featherweight, not fighting at Featherweight until 2011!
Despite experience at the higher weight classes,few will give the Japanese traveller any chance here against a Mexican who looks like he could be the country's next boxing superstar.
Hiroshige Osawa looks for life changing win as he takes on Oscar Valdez!
Hiroshige Osawa a huge under-dog against Oscar Valdez
(Image courtesy of Mikey Williams / Top Rank)
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