One of those is former WBA Super Bantamweight title challenger Hidenori Otake (28-2-3, 12) [大竹 秀典], best known for fighting Scott Quigg in the UK. Otake will be defending the OPBF Super Bantamweight title for the first time as he takes on fellow veteran Kinshiro Usui (27-5, 11) [臼井 欽士郎] in the main event of a Kaneko Boxing / Dangan co-promoted event.
Today Otake and Usui took part in their weigh in, and looked a division apart, with Otake looking the naturally bigger man, by far. Amazingly though it was Usui who was the heavier man, hitting the limit of 122lbs dead on, for what will be his second title bout. He looked in good shape, but didn't look in any sort of special shape with a good, but not great physique.
Although the champion was the lighter man, it was marginal with Otake coming in just 100g under the limit, so less than 1/4lb lighter than his challenger. As always Otake looked incredible on the scales and it's clear that he's working hard in the gym in the hope of getting a second world title bout before his career is over.
Notably the winner of this bout is pencilled in to defend the title in October against super-prospect Hinata Maruta (5-0, 4) [丸田 陽七太], also at the Korakuen Hall.
Otake looks to defend Oriental crown against veteran Usui
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)