At the weigh in today Dacquel was the lighter man, coming in around 114.35lbs. The champion was very comfortably under the limit, but looked in good shape, and is clearly relaxed in Japan where he has fought 6 previous bouts, and has won his last two bouts. Despite being relaxed he certainly won't be over-looking the challenger, who was once viewed as a genuine prospect with a lot of potential to go all the way.
Talking about his foe, Kimura was 115lbs on the scales, hitting the limit,and looked in great shape, with real confidence in his eyes. Despite looking confident he did admit that this could be his last chance at a major title, following two losses in recent years for the Japanese title. He will, however, be coming into this bout on the crest of momentumn that is sweeping through the Watanabe gym right now and has seen them have an amazing 2017 so far.
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