Tomorrow Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get a real treat as they get the chance to see a Youth Tournament show filled with great bouts. One of those is a Super Flyweight showdown between the exciting and aggressice Kenya Yamashita (10-3, 7) [山下賢哉] and the highly skilled but light punching Joe Tanooka (13-3-4, 1) [田之岡条]. The bout serves as not only the Super Flyweight Youth Final but also a rematch, with Yamashita looking to avenge his first professional loss.
At the weigh in today both men made weight, though it was a struggle for Yamashita, who came in over the 115lb limit on his first attempt and had to get on the scales for a second shot before making the limit. Interesting Yamashita has fought much of his career at Flyweight, where he won the 2014 Rookuie of the Year, but is 2-3 at Super Flyweight, including a loss to Tanooka in 2015.
There was no struggle for Tanooka, the taller man, in making weight with the boxer-mover making weight with room to spare, coming in around 114.75lbs. He looked in great shape, and will be looking to make his height and reach count when he attempts to neutralise the power and aggression of Yamashita.
For fans without a ticket, this bout will be shown on Boxingraise, giving us all a chance to see the contest on delay.
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