Tomorrow fight fans will see several Japanese title eliminators take place at the Strongest Korakuen event at the Korakuen Hall. One of those, in fact on paper the best of those, will see veteran Jonathan Baat (32-7-5, 14) battle rising puncher Yusaku Kuga (12-2-1, 8) [久我 勇作], with the winner expected to face Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Yasutaka Ishimoto in 2017.
At today's weigh in Kuga came in bang on the limit and looked incredible at the weigh in as he looked to make a statement and secure a second bout with Ishimoto, who beat him late last year. The Watanabe man has fought just once since his 2015 loss to Ishimoto, in a bout for the vacant title, but looks hungry and sounds like he's looking to score an impressive result tomorrow.
Baat on the other hand was coming in a bit lighter at 121¾lbs, which is around the same weight he's been in a number of recent bouts, but not the lowest he can get to, with the Filipino actually fighting both Liborio Solis and Rey Migreno at Bantamweight in the last 12 months. He's stated that he's willing to have a war with Kuga and both have seemingly suggested the winner of their bout will by the MVP of the show, and take up a large financial bonus.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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