Tomorrow at the Korakuen Hall Japanese fans will be able to see several bouts take place as part of the "Strongest Korakuen" show, a show to determine mandatory challengers for several Japanese champions.
One of those bouts will take place at Super Featherweight and see recent title challenger Satoru Sugita (11-3-4, 7) [杉田 聖] battle against veteran Tsuyoshi Tojo (13-13-5, 2) [東上 剛司], with the two fighting face the winner of the upcoming rematch between Kenichi Ogawa and Rikki Naito.
At today's weigh in both Tojo and Sugita made weight with Sugita coming in the lighter man, at around 129½lbs, comfortably under the limit despite being in fantastic condition with very well defined abs. Interestingly this will be his first bout since losing in a title bout to current champion Ogawa back in April, when he was much more competitive than the score cards suggest.
Tojo on the other hand, who was the taller man, came in on the divisional limit of 130lbs and looked a little more fleshy around the midsection than his foe, despite looking a little bit gaunt around the face. The 36 year old Tojo comes in to this fight unbeaten in 3 bouts, thouugh has one won one of those, taking a decision over Hirotsugu Yamamoto, also in April.
The winner of this will get a title fight next year, and will be very interested in the Ogawa/Naito rematch which is set for December 3rd.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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