Tomorrow fight fans in Tokyo will get the chance to see former WBA Super Bantamweight champion Akifumi Shimoda (30-5-2, 13) [下田 昭文] fight in a tune up bout against Filipino fighter Gadwin Tubigon (14-11-2, 9), with Shimoda expected to get a Japanese Featherweight title bout next year.
Today Shimoda and Tubigon took part in the weigh in for their bout, which will be an 8 rounder at a contracted 127lbs.
On the scales Shimoda made the contracted weight on the button at 127lbs, a career high for a man who began his career as a Bantamweight and won Japanese, OPBF and world titles at 122lbs. Despite it being a career high it is only marginally heavier than his real fighting weight of 126lbs.
Tubigon on the other hand was well under the limit at around 124lbs, way lighter than the Japanese local. This is actually one of Tubigon's lighter weights, and he has been as high as 130lbs in the past.
If Shimoda, as expected, wins here he will be returning to the ring in 2017 to face newly crowned Japanese Featherweight champion Shota Hayashi (28-5-1, 17) [林 翔太] , who won the title last weekend.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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