Tomorrow Japanese fans get one of the best doubles headers in recent memory. The second part of that double sees WBA Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (24-2-1, 11) [田口良一] defending his title against mandatory challenger Ryo Miyazaki (24-1-3, 15) [宮崎 亮] in what looks likely to be a real treat.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in, a weigh in that was particularly interesting as a confident Miyazaki looked to land the first blows with several verbal jabs, all of which Taguchi seemed to ignore knowing the fight would be fought in the ring tomorrow.
On the scales both men came in at the 108lb limit. A limit that Taguchi has made consistently through his career, though slightly heavier than he was last time out when he battered Juan Jose Landaeta.
For Miyazaki the question of weight was a key one given that he pretty much passed out making this weight back in 2013, for a fight with Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr, he did however look very comfortable here and had no problems with the scales.
The bout, a rare all-Japanese world title bout, has caught the countries imagination and it looks almost certain to be a war when the fighters get in the ring on Wednesday evening.
Taguchi and Miyazaki face off in all-Japanese war
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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