Tomorrow in Arlington, Texas we'll see Japanese veteran Katsunari Takayama (32-8-0-1, 12) [高山 勝成] make his US debut and challenge WBO Light Flyweight champion Elwin Soto (18-1, 12). Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout, streamed live on DAZN and YouTube.
Takayama got on the scales first and came in comfortably under the limit, weighing in at 107.6lbs. Although he was comfortably under the 108lbs limit it is worth noting that this is among the heaviest weights of his career, with the "Lightning Kid" generally fighting at 105lbs where he is a multi-time world champion. He was heavier last time out, when he beat Reiya Konishi, however we then need to got back to 2008 for the previous time he came in heavier than he did today. Saying that however this is his first world title bout at 108lbs and he did, naturally, look the smaller man when compared to Soto.
Soto on the other hand weighed in at 107.8lbs, slightly heavier than Takayama but also comfortably under the limit. For Soto this will be his third defense of the title, which he won in June 2019, and he is marginally heavier than he's been in any of his previous world title bouts. Despite that he looked in great shape and it seems like he has perhaps filled into his body and his frame more than anything else. At just 24 "La Pulga" is still a growing boy and a maturing fighter and it's not really a surprise if he does end up out growing the division in the future, even if he's a natural 108lb fighter at the moment.
For fans wondering how to watch this, it will be shown live on DAZN tomorrow as part of the Saul "Canelo" Alvarez Vs Billy Joe Saunders show.
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By: Sanman Boxing
Everything is set for tomorrow's rumble bonanza as Sanman Promotions bring us another episode of its Bubble Series. This time, the main card features "Magic" Mike Plania who battles it out against Emmanuel Ogawa. Below are the final weigh-in results:
Weights from General Santos City, Philippines
Mike Plania 122lbs
Emmanuel Mogawa 121lbs
Jayson Mama 112lbs
Romshane Sarguilla 112lbs
Jade Bornea 116lbs
Roland Jay Biendima 116lbs
John Vincent Pangga 118lbs
Elizer Ambon 123lbs
Sanman CEO Jim Claude Manangquil assures boxing fans of yet another slambang event which will be raining knockouts. "Please watch our event via the Sanman Promotions Facebook page. If its from Sanman, it's always guaranteed boxing action", Manangquil stated.
Earlier today the media in Okinawa had the chance to see the weigh for the very interesting match up between Daigo Higa (17-1-1, 17) [比 嘉 大吾] and Ryosuke Nishida (3-0, 1) [西田凌佑], who clash for the WBO Asia Pacific title tomorrow.
At the weigh in both men made the 118lb limit bang on and both looked in fantastic shape, with their bodies looking ripped to shreds.
Following the weigh in both men spoke to the media via remote interviews.
Higa, a former WBC Flyweight champion, seemed really happy to be fighting in Okinawa, his hometown, and it's clear he'll be getting a lot of fan support tomorrow for their most successful current boxing son. He seemed confident that he was going to be too good for Nishida. He explained that he's not set any specific gameplan for for the bout, but will fight his style, and bring the aggression, no matter what Nishida decides to do. He also wanted to give local fans a bout that ended with a KO, making it clear that he still doesn't want to pick up a decision win.
Nishida, who has typically been fighting at Super Bantamweight, had no issues at all in making weight here, explaining "I lost weight little by little using the usual weight loss method and finished well." He also explained that he has spoke to former stablemate Yuki Strong Kobayashi and was told to be careful of Higa's feints.
Nishida also mentioned that he had been working on stamina, something he might need here given he has never been beyond 8 rounds before.
For fans in Okinawa this will be televised locally, however for the rest of us the bout won't be televised for a few days, with TBS airing it on tape delay in a few days time.
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Tomorrow at the EDION Arena, Osaka fight fans will get the chance to see WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗] make his 8th defense as he takes on Japanese veteran Tetsuya Hisada (34-10-2, 20) [久田 哲也] in a highly anticipated clash.
Today, ahead of the bout, the two men took part in their weigh in.
On the scales Kenshiro was well under the limit, weighing in at just over 107lbs. He looked in good condition, despite coming in so light, and also looked the naturally bigger man at the weigh in. Through out the whole process he seemed calm and relaxed and ate some porridge to help recover from the weigh cut. It seemed food was very much on his mind, as he also revealed he wanted a McDonald's McShake after the fight takes place.
Hisada on the other looked absolute shredded and was bang on the 108lb limit. Facially it seemed like the weight cut had take more out of him than Kenshiro, but he looked absolutely sensational, and not like a 36 year old coming to the end of his career. Despite looking like the weight cut had take something out of his face he revealed he was on the weight yesterday, and it seems like making weight wasn't an issue at all.
It was also confirmed at the weigh in that fans will be in attendance as planned, with the local state of emergency announcement not taking place until April 25th, the day after the fight.
Sadly for those wanting to watch, we have been told by the broadcaster this will only be available live in Japan, on pay service Cantere Doga. However it's now been reported that the bout will be aired on TV in the future on a tape delay basis. When we have more details of that broadcast we will share that.
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(Image courtesy of Boxingnews.jp)
Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall fans will get the chance to see former Japanese title challenger Reiya Abe (20-3-1, 9) [阿部麗也] battling the once beaten Koshin Takeshima (4-1-1, 3) [竹嶋宏心] in a very interesting looking 8 round bout fought between the Featherweight and Super Featherweight divisions.
Today, ahead of that bout, the two men took part in their weigh in and both men made the agreed weight, of 58KG's, without any issue.
On the scales Abe was 127.6lbs whilst Takeshima was 127.9lbs, just slightly heavier.
After making weight Abe spoke about being aware of Takeshima's amateur pedigree, speed and skills, but sounded confident that he would have the tools to deal with Takeshima. Sadly however he seemed to almost rule out going for a KO. For fans who have followed Abe over the years, it's been his safety first approach which has held him back from becoming a fan favourite. He is incredibly talented, but lacks any sense of urgency. He seems to be looking at this bout as a chance to give his career a boost and move on to bigger and better things.
Takeshima seemed less confident, but still sounded like a man who felt he could pick up a win here and really get his career back on track. Interestingly this will be his first bout since transferring to the Midori Gym, where he looks to rebuild from a couple of poor performance and setbacks.
Sadly for fans wanting to watch this we need to wait until May 10th, which is when G+ will air the bout on tape delay.
(Image credit - Yokohama Hikari Gym)
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