Muranaka, who we are big fans of, was an astonishing 1.9kg (more than 4lbs) over weight at the first weigh in for the fight and although he lost 0.7kg (more than 1½lbs) before a second weigh in, a couple of hours after the first one, it was clear he was unable to make the Flyweight limit.
As a result of Muranaka's weight problem he has been stripped of the title ahead of tomorrow's fight, however the title will be up for grabs for Hayashi who can still win the belt if he wins. If Muranaka wins or if the bout ends in a draw the title will remain vacant.
As well as being stripped of the belt Muranaka has also got to weigh in again tomorrow and he's got to come in under 53KG's (which is just less than 117lbs) or the bout will be cancelled.
Sadly this is the third issue with this year's Champion Carnival bouts and follows injuries suffered by Yasuyuki Akiyama, who pulled out of a Middleweight bout with Akio Shibata, and Shin Ono, who pulled out of a bout with Yu Kimura.