Tomorrow at the EDION Arena Osaka Shinsei will promote the next card in their "Real Spirits" show. The card, overall, is a pretty forgettable one but the main event is a bout worthy of note, as WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight champion Musashi Mori (10-0, 6) [森 武蔵] risks his unbeaten record and title against hard hitting challenger Takuya Mizuno (17-1-1, 14) [水野拓哉].
For Mori this is the third defense of his title whilst Mizuno is looking to claim his second title, after having held a Japanese Youth title earlier in his career.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in and neither man struggled with the 126lb limit, with both coming in around 125.75lbs, and looking in great condition.
Mori sounded confident and it seems clear the time he is spending in the US, learning from Ismael Salas, is helping him improve and develop drastically. Mizuno stated that he was sure he'd win, but this will be a big ask for the challenger, who hasn't looked impressive in bouts where he hasn't been able to blow opponents out.
For fans wanting to watch this the bout will be made available in the coming days on Boxing Raise.
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of those rare fights where the two fighters give their all.
It was won by Tanaka, with a narrow decision, and had several Round of the Year contenders. In fact we suspect the bout will do more than just receive the WBO's fight of the Year award, but also that of several major boxing publications, as it really was a treat. Despite taking place on a Monday when most fans were unable to stream live it through the official source, or even watch it live, with the bout only being available in Nagoya in Japan, it was something to remember.
Well done to both men for picking up this great honour.
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