Earlier today at the Grand Palace Hotel in Tokyo saw the official weigh in for tomorrows big fights. The biggest and most talked about of those fights is of course the main event, the WBO Super Flyweight world title fight between Naoya Inoue (7-0, 6) and Omar Andres Narvaez (43-1-2, 23). The bout will see Inoue attempting to become a 2-weight world champion in a record setting 8th professional contest whilst Narvaez will look to book end an historic and often under-rated career.
Although the bout is an insanely interesting one it does have various sub stories. One of those is Inoue's change in weight with the 21 year old Japanese fighter jumping from Light Flyweight to Super Flyweight for the bout. The Japanese youngster had been draining himself markedly to make 108lbs and it showed today when he looked impeccable on the scales whilst perfectly making the Super Flyweight limit at 115lbs. Clearly it's the heaviest weight of his career though it's a weight that physically he looked amazing at.
Although Narvaez has been settled at Super Flyweight for a while he was actually the lighter man, weighing 114½lbs. Whilst it may seem odd that he has come in so much under the limit it does need putting in to context and and he has fought his last 7 bouts between 114½ and 114¾, and you need to go back more than 2 years to see the last time he was 115lbs on the dot.
Win or lose many view this bout as the most important bout left this year and it's certainly one that has got out attention with the bout being widely seen as a fantastic match up and one that will answer a lot of questions about both men. Hopefully it lives up to the expectation that we have for the contest.
(Image courtesy of Naoya Inoue's blog)
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