The first of 6 world title fights set to take place this coming weekend will see WBO Light Flyweight world champion Kosei Tanaka (8-0, 5) [田中恒成] battling against Puerto Rican challenger Angel Acosta (16-0, 16). Today, ahead of their bout, the two men weighed in, and both fighters made weight.
On the scales Tanaka made the weight with some room to spare, in fact he was 100G's under the limit, and looked in great shape at the weigh in. It will be his first defense of the title and it seems clear that he's a fully fledged Light Flyweight now, after having moved up in weight last year.
Acosta was bang on the limit of 108lbs, and although he was heavier than Tanaka he looked in much worse shape with a drawn look on his face and it really seemed like he was struggling to make the limit. That's despite the fact he is a fighter who has become the mandatory on merit, rather than simply fiddling the rankings, and is also the smaller looking man at the two head to head.
The bout will be aired on CBC, and an international stream, tomorrow and it looks like being the most interesting match up from the 6 world title fights taking place in Japan this weekend.
Kosei Tanaka defends against Puerto Rican power punch!
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