Ahead of the their clash on New Years both Takashi Uchiyama and Daiki Kaneko under-went a medical which gave us some interesting stats regarding various aspects of the two men. Of course these stats won't decide the fight but they are interesting all the same and will almost certainly have some bearing on how the fight will be fought:
The key measurements from where we are sat are the height and reach stats which both favour Kaneko, who will be the quicker and rangier fighter in the ring. Outside of the physical stats the most glaring advantage for Kaneko is the 9 years of youth he has over Uchiyama, though Uchiyama hasn't looked "old" in his fights so far and we'd be shocked if father time suddenly got to him here.
For Uchiyama the clearest advantage is his experience in world title fights. He may have fewer total fights as a professional than Kaneko but they have been as a higher level and he'll have seen more in his 21 fights than Kaneko has seen in his 24 bouts. It's certainly not common for the champion to be the "less experienced" fighter but this is one of those cases where the fight numbers, and to a lesser extend round numbers, lie.
The bout, which will be televised on Tokyo TV, will see Uchiyama attempting to defend his WBA Super Featherweight title for the 8th time and will see him in action on a 3rd successive New Years Eve. Our preview of this bout, if you've not yet read it, can be found here.
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