Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall saw a number of Youth Japanese Tournament final bouts. Those bouts continue tomorrow with a number of other finals, one of which will see the technically skilled Wataru Takeda (10-1-1, 4) [武田 航] face off with the heavy handed Yuto Nakamura (7-3, 6) [中村祐斗], with the two men fighting for the Bantamweight crown.
Today the two men weighed in for their bout and both made weight.
Takeda was bang on the 118lb limit for the bout and seemed confident of coming out with a win, predicting that he would stop the dangerous Nakamura in the middle rounds. He knows he's in with a dangerous fighter but believes that his boxing ability will be too much for his big punching foe, and that he will make the most of his counter punching.
The heavy handed, and moodier looking, Nakamura came in at 117.75lbs for the bout, and like Takeda he was also predicting a stoppage win. He showed real belief in his power at today's weigh in and it's clear that he sees his heavy hands as having too much for Takeda, in what is likely to be a real bout of fireworks.
For those unable to get their way to the Korakuen Hall for the bout it will be aired on Boxingraise, on delay.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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