Tomorrow Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see Akio Shibata (27-8-1, 13) [柴田 明雄] risking his unified OPBF and JBC Middleweight titles against determined challenger Hikaru Nishida (14-7-1, 6) [西田 光].
The two men, who face off for the second time both made weight earlier today for their clash.
On the scales the champion was under 159½lbs, one of his lightest weights in recent years. Despite it being one of his lowest recent weights he's not close to a career low as he actually began his career at Welterweight back in 2003, he has however filled out his frame to become a solid Middleweight, even if he's not ripped.
The very solid looking Nishida was just under the limit of 160lbs, and sees him continuing to be on, or very close to, the limit. He's been around 160lbs, to the nearest ¼lb, for his last 6 bouts and looks like a very strong and powerful fighter.
Sadly these two men don't appear to be having their bout aired on TV, a real shame, though we do suspect a very competitive bout for the two men who fought in a close one back in 2014.
Shibata and Nishida meet in rematch!
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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