One of the many end of year world title bouts this year will see WBA Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (25-2-1, 11) [田口良一] defending his title against the unbeaten and heavy handed Carlos Canizales (16-0, 13).
Today those two fighgters took part in their medical checks for the fight and, unsurprisingly, we saw Taguchi tower over Canizales, though not by as much as we had initially expected.
Orignally we had been told that Canizales was 153cm, around 5'0" however he is notably taller than that and was measured today at 158cm, or 5'2", making him significantly taller than expected, but still far smaller than the freakishly tall Taguchi, who is a huge Light Flyweight at 167.5cm or 5'6". Likewise the reach of Canizales, which was though to be around 157cm was a ctually longer and he will be giving away less than 10cm of each to Taguchi, with oriignal estimates being closer to 15cm.
Despite Canizales being bigger than expected he is still the much smaller man and Taguchi has all the size advantages, as well as the advantages in experience and in location so we'd still be hard pressed to bet against the Watanabe man as he takes on a first time world title challenger.
Taguchi takes on unbeaten Canizales!
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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