Tomorrow fight fans at Korakuen Hall will see Japanese Minimumweight champion Norihito Tanaka (18-7, 10) [田中教仁] make his first, and battle against Naoya Haruguchi (15-10, 6) [春口直也]. This bout will not only see Tanaka looking to only defend his belt but also avenge one of his more recent losses, a very controversial loss to Haruguchi in Kagoshima
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in and both fighters made the 105lbs weight limit for the contest.
Tanaka came in on the limit, weighing 105lbs for the bout, and sounded confident of picking up the win thanks to good sparring. He won the title earlier this year, stopping Shin Ono, and looked really good in that career defining win.
Haruguchi on the other hand was comfortably under the limit, weighing in at 104.3lbs, despite being the much taller and bigger looking man. He spoke about about the sparring he's had and seems driven to become the first Japanese champion from the Hashiguchi Boxing Gym.
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