We are now just a few short hours away from seeing Japanese star Akira Yaegashi (28-6, 16) [八重樫 東] challenge IBF Flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane (38-2, 25). Earlier today the two men went through one final formality, the same day IBF weigh in.
The IBF weigh in, which is mandated for all IBF world title fights, is a weigh in on the same day that requires fighters to come in no heavier than 10lbs above than the divisional limit.
On the scales this morning neither man had any issues, with Mthalane weighing in at 121.25lbs, comfortably under the 122lbs allowed, and Yaegashi coming in at 120.8lbs, making the same day limit with even more room to spare.
Earlier today it was also reported that Fuji would be airing this bout as part of their live broadcast and not the WBC Light Flyweight bout between unbeaten champion Kenshiro Teraji (16-0, 9) [寺地 拳四朗] and Filipino challenger Randy Petalcorin (31-3-1, 23), with the running order apparently being switched at the 11th hour.
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Yesterday WBA "regular" Bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15) [井上 尚弥] and IBF champion Emmanuel Rodriguez (19-0, 12) took part in their official weigh in for their WBSS semi-final bout. Today the two men under-went another weigh in, the IBF same day weigh in. The two were set a limit of 128lbs today and both made that with ease.
Inoue weighed in at 126.75lbs this morning whilst Rodriguez was slightly heavier at at 127.4lbs. That's despite both men re-hydrating and eating last night. Interestingly neither man put on the maximum allowed, though we did see Moruti Mthalane do exactly that on Monday when he tipped the scales at 122lbs for his Flyweight bout.
It's worth noting that this is the first time Inoue has done an IBF same day weigh in, and if he wins he will join a very small number of fighters to have picked up titles from all 4 world title bodies, having won a WBC title at Light Flyweight, a WBO title at Super Flyweight and the WBA regular title at Bantamweight, already.
Of course the winner of this bout will face Nonito Donaire in the WBSS final, and Donaire will be in attendance for the bout this evening.
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