Despite being the bigger man on the tale of the tape South Africa's hard hitting Zolani Tete (18-3, 16) was the lighter man weighing around 114lbs, a full lb inside the divisions limit. What this may mean is that he's made weight relatively easily or, possibly, over-drained or over trained. It's worth noting that he did had notable weight to lose from the start of the week. It is worth noting that Tete has typically always been light on the scales and was only just over 113lbs for his controversial loss to Juan Alberto Rosas.
Japan's unbeaten Teiru Kinoshita (19-0-1, 3) was much closer to the limit weighing just inside the 115lb allowed. This has been Kinoshita's typical weight for recent fights with his weight fluctuating between 114.75lbs and 115lbs for his last 8 fights.
At the weigh in, which was tense, both men stared daggers into each others eyes and it was clear that both men knew they needed a win.
As with all IBF title fights the men will be weighed again tomorrow and they will need to remain within 10lbs of the Super Flyweight limit. That means both men will need to remain under 125lbs until that weight in. It's an IBF only rule but one that we dare say is good for boxing rather than giving serious drained a big in ring advantage on fight night. For what it's worth we doubt either man will balloon up over night and miss tomorows weight.
For those wanting our take on the bout our preview is available here.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)