On Friday we had the official weigh in for this weekend's Japanese Flyweight title fight between defending champion Suguru Muranaka (20-2-1, 6) and first time title challenger Yusuke Sakashita (12-4-2, 7).
On the scales both men made weight with both coming in at 112lbs dead on. What was striking about the weigh in however was the difference between the two men with Sakashita towering over the champion. Apparently there was only 1.5" between the two men though in the image opposite we've got to admit there appears to be a much more significant difference between the two men.
Muranaka won't just be risking his national title here, a title he is defending for the second time, but also his world rankings. He comes into this bout ranked by all 4 major title bodies and knows that a loss will be a major setback to his career. Considering the form of Muranaka at the moment however it's hard to see him losing despite the clear size disadvantage that he'll be fighting at. The champion has looked really good in recent bouts and his wins over Takuya Kogawa, last year for the title, and Masayuki Kuroda, this year in his first defense, have shown that he's genuinely on fire.
For Sakashita this is the most significant bout of his career and his first title fight. He enters as a clear under-dog though know a win will be genuinely career changing.
(Image courtesy of Nikkan Sports)
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