Tomorrow Japanese fans in the Kansai region are in for a treat as they get the chance to seen teenage prodigy Riku Kano (10-1-1, 5) [加納陸] battle against multi-time world champion veteran Katsunari Takayama (30-8-0-1, 12) [高山 勝成] in a bout for the WBO Miinimumweight world title. The bout, which isn't being shown in Kanto at all, looks like a potential thriller and is really something to be very excited about.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both came in under the 105lb limit, in fact both came in at an identical 47.5KG's, 100g under the limit. For those who work in pounds that's about 104.7lbs, clearly under the divisional limit.
For Kano the weight is around his average. He has been heavier in 2 of his 4 previous bouts in Japan, coming in at 108lbs for one of those, but certainly isn't killing himself to make Minimumweight. He is maturing, and his time at 105lbs might be running out in the next 18-24 months but at the moment he appears to be a comfortable Minimumweight fighter.
As for Takayama his professionalism is again unquestioned and for the 13th straight fight he has been under the 105lb limit. He has fluctuated slightly inside that limit but this is the 4th time in 5 fights that has been around 104.75lbs. An incredible professionalism and level of consistency from the "Lightning Kid".
Riku Kano chases history against action man Katsunari Takayama this weekend!
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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