Although weigh ins are rarely exciting they can be very interesting and that was certainly the case earlier today when WBA Light Flyweight champion Alberto Rossel (32-8-0-1, 13) weighed in alongside his challenger Ryoichi Taguchi (20-2-1, 8) for their very good looking bout on New Year's Eve.
What made this weigh in particularly interest was two things. Firstly the admission that Rossel wasn't 36, as widely reported and still listed as on boxrec.com, but actually 39. In fact Rossel turns 40 in January. Secondly, though something we were already aware of, was that Taguchi literally towers over Rossel. It's hard to believe these two men are both Light Flyweights. In fact the differential in size looks like it's that of 2 or 3 weight classes, however both men made the Light Flyweight limit spot on at the weigh in and both looked ready to go.
Having discovered Rossel "real age" Taguchi seemed even more confident seemingly suggesting that he is of the new generation whilst whilst Rossel was of the old generation and that the significant age difference will tell.
In regards to their weights today and historically Rossel has been a bit all over the place but this is certainly not his lightest, nor his heaviest, in fact his range has been between 105lbs, back in 2000 when he fought Daniel Reyes, and 121lbs, back in 2002 when he fought Bruce Smith. As for Taguchi his weight is the same as it was when he scored his best win, stopping Yu Kimura, as well suffering his most recent loss, a decision defeat to Naoya Inoue, it is however his typical weight.
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