Tomorrow fans in Osaka will get the chance to see various title bouts, from Super Flyweight to Middleweight. Arguabky the most well matched of those bouts is the Super Flyweight contest, which will see Japanese champion Sho Ishida (21-0, 11) [石田 匠] defends his title against mandatory challenger Ryuichi Funai (24-6, 16) [船井 龍一].
Today the two men took part in their weigh in, with both making weight for the bout.
At the weigh in Ishida was bang on the limit of 115lbs and looked in great condition, whilst also being notably taller than his challenger, who looked a division smaller when the men stood together. Despite being the short man Funai wasn't far off the limit himself, coming in at a around 114.6lbs.
For the challenger this will be his first Japanese title fight and comes after only one other title bout, an OPBF title shot against Rolly Lunas. Funai was stopped by Lunas in that bout but has bounced back well and has earned this shot on merit following a string of solid domestic results. For the champion it seems that, if he wins, the bout will serve as his final Japanese title bout with Ishida suggesting he was going to vacate if he wins, with his attention being on getting a world title fight later in the year.
Ishida looks to retain Japanese title and move towards world title shot
(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)
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