Tomorrow fight fans in Tokyo get their first show of the year, and it's a genuinely interesting double header headlined by a brilliant match up between the heavy handed Yuki Beppu (14-0, 14) [別府 優樹] and former OPBF and JBC unified Light Middleweight champion Charles Bellamy (26-3-1, 17). Today those two men took part in their weight in for the bout, a bout that both will see as a major contest.
On the sclaes Beppu was the lighter man, coming in at 145.5lbs for the bout, well under the contracted limit of 146.8lbs, but looked in great shape. He's looking to score a 15th straight stoppage which would tie the Japanese record for most successive stoppages, though Beppu will have a tainted record given that his recent competition has been heavily criticised.
Bellamy was just under 146.4lbs for the bout, it's the lightest he's been in some time and it seems like he is well aware of Beppu's power, taking the youngster's KO power as something to be taken seriously. Although wary he should feel confident given his huge gulf in experience, and the fact he has never been stopped, whilst beating other punchers such as Koji Numata.
The bout doesn't appear to have any official video coverage but there are hopes that the bouts will be posted online after taking places.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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