On Friday Japanese fans get a treat with a pair of world title bouts taking place in Kyoto. Of those bouts the most high profile is a WBC Bantamweight title fight between reigning champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (24-0-2, 17) [山中慎介] and former WBA Super Flyweight champion Liborio Solis (23-3-1, 10).
Today those too men under went their physicals.
In regards to health concerns neither fighter had any physical issues, however the physical did give us some interesting information all the same.
It was no surprise to see that Yamanaka was the taller man, with the champion sporting a 7.5cm height advantage, however that hasn't translated into a notable reach advantage with the champion having just a 1cm reach advantage. That could allow Solis to be competitive at range with the heavy handed champion.
Interestingly during the physical Solis sounded more confident than ever and seemed to suggest that Yamanaka's thin frame was fragile and could easy to break down with his pressure and power. Yamanaka however hasn't shown fragility in the past and will be confident of over-coming the very confident challenger. Notably however Solis is 2-0 in Japan, and is unbeaten in world title fights, though he did fail to make weight for one of those fights and 2 of his 4 world title bouts have been for interim titles.