On the scales both men made the 126lb limit and both looked in great shape, as they always do.
The men, meeting for the third time in less than 4 years, first fought in 2012 with Hosono scoring a 7th round stoppage of Fukuhara. In 2015 Hosono over-came Fukuhara with a clear decision but Fukuhara bounced back well to earn another crack at the Ohashi gym fighter.
For Hosono a win is expected to help him earn a fourth crack at a world title, with his team likely to use his WBA #2 ranking to try and move him into a shot in summer. For Fukuhara however a loss could be the end of his career, and he knows he's fighting for more than just the title.
Hosono and Fukuhara face off for a third time!
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