Tomorrow Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see the exciting Akinori Watanabe (33-6, 28) [渡部あきのり] take on Indonesian visitor Maxi Nahak (7-12-2, 3). On paper the bout is a mismatch but Watanabe comes into the bout almost 2 years removed from his last win, which came against a very limited Thai inside a round back in July 2015, whilst Nahak has won his last 3, including a career best win last year olver Eun Chang Lee.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in, for the bout at a Light Middleweight.
On the scales both men made weight and both seemed really confident of picking up the win. Watanabe sounded hungry to get back to winnign ways, and put his loss earlier this year to Takeshi Inoue, down to inactivity and seemed to feel more prepared for this bout. As for Nahak he seemed to feel like he was ready to pick up his first win on Japanese soil, where he has lost in two previous bouts.
Given recent form of the two men this does look a better match up than the plain records suggest, but it's hard to bet against the heavy handed local who has claimed OPBF, PABA and Japanese titles during his explosive career.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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