Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both looked in good shape, sounded confident and as if they were going to look sensational in the ring tomorrow.
Kurihara, who comes into the bout on the back of a 5 fight KO, run will be regarded as the under-dog, but wins over Sonin Nihei and Engelbert Moralde have shown he is a legitimate prospect, and at 24 years old he is just getting better, and more powerful. On the other hand Teshigawara looks like a fighter who has really found his groove, despite losing to Ryo Akaho last October. In fact in the eyes of many it was that loss that solidified Teshigawara as a genuine domestic contender, and a fighter with a really fan friendly style.
Although both men are ranked by the JBC and the OPBF the winner won't be assured a title fight, they will however see it as a huge step towards getting a shot at one of the two titles, or a potential WBO Asia Pacific title fight
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