Earlier today saw the weigh in done for the big Macau show dubbed "Featherweight Fury". The card, which features 8 bouts in total, saw all the fighters making their set targets.
The undercard saw Macau's own local star Kuok Kun Ng weighing in at 152lbs almost a division heavier than his Indonesian opponent Muhammad Imam who was bang on the Welterweight limit of 147lbs. Despite the difference between the two men it was contracted at Light Middleweight and Imam has willingly come in light.
Another undercard bout saw Olympic Silver medal winner, and former Ryota Murata foe, Esquiva Falcao weighed in marginally over the Middleweight limit at 161.5lbs whilst his South Korean opponent Eun-Chang Lee weight in slightly heavier at 162lbs. This is one of the lightest weights of Lee's career, after all he is a Korean national champion at Super Middleweight, though it's still hard to imagine him really giving Falcao a tough bout here.
The third bout on the card will be the IBF Super Bantamweight Eliminator. This bout saw Yasutaka Ishimoto weighing in at 121.75lbs, slightly heavier than American slugger Chris Avalos who was 121.5lbs. For Ishimoto this will be his second bout contest in Macau, having previously beaten Wilfredo Vazquez Jr there, and a win again here will put him amongst the top contenders at Super Bantamweight.
The final of the undercard contests was contracted as a Light Welterweight bout and saw both men making the weight comfortable with the unbeaten Ik Yang weighing 137½lbs whilst Geisler AP was 138½lbs.
The first title bout on the show, a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Flyweight title, saw Ratchasak Kokietgym weighing in on the divisional limit of 115lbs. Oddly champion Rex Tso weighed in at 116.5lb though some how it seems the WBO has agreed to bend the limit for 117lbs for the bout and to keep their title on the line. Very odd situation here.
Despite the situation regarding Tso's title bout everyone else was inside the usual divisional limits, incidentally all 3 of the other bouts are at Featherweight.
The first of the Featherweight bouts will be the IBF title fight, and for this bout both the defending champion, Evgeny Gradovich, and the challenger, Alexander Miskirtchian, weighed in exactly the same at 125½lbs. For Gradovich this is pretty much the same as he's been fighting at in his recent bouts whilst Miskirtchian is 0.75lbs heavier than his last fight and an amazing 6lbs lighter than he was for the fight prior.
For the second Featherweight title fight, a bout for the WBA "regular" title, the champion is the slightly lighter man. The champion, Nicholas Walters, weight in at 125.5lbs whilst challenger Vic Darchinyan was a little over 125.75lbs. For Darchinyan this was the same weight he was when he fought Nonito Donaire last year in a rematch between the two. For Walters this is his highest weight for almost 2 years.
The main event, which will see Nonito Donaire challenge Simpiwe Vetyeka for the WBA Featherweight Super title saw Donaire weigh in dead on the 126lb limit, his highest career weight. Vetyeka, the defending champion, was 125.5lbs, an identical weight to what he was when he defeated Chris John last year.
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Former 2 time Olympic Gold Medal winner Zou Shiming (1-0) looks to return to the ring in July as he fights on the under-card of Juan Francisco Estrada v Milan Melindo.
Like Shiming's debut this bout will be fought at the Venetian Casino & Resort in Macau. Shiming's opponent is yet to be named however.
We had, previously reported that Donnie Nietes v Moises Fuentes II was also scheduled for this card, that bout however seems to have been delayed. Instead the card is expected feature Evgeny Gradovich (16-0, 8) making the first defense of his IBF Featherweight title as he takes on Mauricio Javier Munoz (26-3, 12).
Gradovich, of Russia upset Billy Dib earlier this year for the title and whilst Munoz isn't one of the bigger names in the Featherweight division Japanese fans may recall him for having fought Toshiaki Nishioka back in 2011.
The same card is now expected to feature the excellent Genesis Servania (19-0, 7) who is seen as one of the very best young Filipino's in the sport today.
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