One of those bouts is for the vacant Japanese Lightweight title and will see the lanky Kota Tokunaga (14-2, 9) battle the more experienced Yuya Sugizaki (20-9-1, 6) with both men looking to win their first professional title.
At the weight in Takunaga looked the significantly taller man, having an advantage of around 5" in height, though actually hit the scales as the much lighter man. On the scales he was just over 134lbs, almost a full 1lb inside the limit. The more stocky looking Sugizaki was bang on the limit at 135lbs and looked the "stronger" man at the weigh in, though both were in good shape.
For these two men the bout is a great opportunity to win the title with out needing to beat a "top" domestic opponent. That's because the title was vacated at the turn of the year by Sugizaki's stablemate Yoshitaka Kato, a man who really is a level above both of these fighters. Despite it being a vacant title both men will know that a win here will open up the doors to much better fights and both will see a win as potentially their career definign moment.
Tokunaga and Sugizaki, not the biggest names in Japan but one will become a champion on April 30th... (Preview)
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