tomorrow at Korakuen Hall we'll see OPBF Welterweight champion Riku Nagahama (12-2-1, 4) [長濱 陸] defending his belt against the hard hitting challenger Ryota Toyoshima (12-2-1, 8) [豊嶋亮太]. For fans not able to make it to the venue, the bout will also be available on CS channel G+ as part of their long running Dynamic Glove series.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in and both fighters came in well under the limit.
The champion came in around 145.7lbs, more than 1lb under the divisional limit. He explained that he did lose a little more than usual, just in case. In regards to his preparation he explained that this was the first time he had done 12 rounds of sparring in a day, and it seems the focus was on his stamina and work rate.
For the champion the bout will be his first defense following his title win in February 2020 against Kudura Kaneko, in what was regarded as a small upset.
Toyoshima, sporting pink hair, on the other hand was around 146.2lbs, close to 1lb under the limit.
The challenger went on to explain that this was the best condition he had been in, despite taking 16 months out of the ring, in part due to a dislocation he suffered in his hand in his last fight. To prepare he was training with Jorge Linares, and it seems the focus was on using Linares' experience to help develop Toyoshima's understanding of the ring and variety of attacks.
For those wanting to tune in to the event on TV, or attending in person, please be aware the event will begin earlier than usual due to the new state of emergency declared in Tokyo Metropolitan region and 3 surrounding Prefectures. With this in mind, fans watching via iSakura will need to order earlier than usual, especially given that typical iSakura orders are taking around 12 hours to process at the moment.
Preview - Potential thriller as OPBF champion Nagahama takes on Toyoshima!
(Image courtesy of Kadoebi)
Over the last few months we've seen an increase in Western fight fans wanting to buy boxing t-shirts from Japan. It seems those fans have been heard, sort of.
Recent the Ohashi Gym redesigned the shop section of their website and they now stock 10 t-shirts designs along with a "towel" for fans to order.
Sadly however to have these items delivered fight fans do need to be in Japan. So before you get too excited, unless of course you're in Japan, these items will still not be available to you directly.
What this does however make clear is that it's not just Western fans asking for these things to be made more widely available but also Japanese fans, and it may be possible, in the near future, for them to be bought at an affordable price through a middle man, or on a Japanese retail website rather than directly through Ohashi. If this happens then we suspect that fight fans will be able to get them much easier than they have been able to in the past.
For those interested in checking out the shop it's available here:
(Image taken from the Ohashi Shop)
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