Later today we'll see 2016 Olympic Gold medal winner Daniyar Yeleussinov (9-0, 5) [Данияр Маратұлы Елеусінов] take a huge step up in class as he takes on former unified Light Welterweight world champion Julius Indongo (23-2, 12) in an IBF Inter-Continental Welterweight title bout on DAZN.
Yesterday the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest and both men came in under the Welterweight limit, and did so with some room to spare.
On the scales the unbeaten "Kazakh Thunder" was 146.6lbs for the bout, comfortably under the Welterweight limit for the biggest bout of his professional career. Indongo was even lighter on the scales, coming in at 146.2lbs for the bout, almost a full 1lb under the 147lb limit.
Despite neither man pushing the scales both looked in great condition and it was clear that both had put in the hard work in training.
Sadly not everyone put work in in training and the heavy weight bout between unbeaten Azeri Mahammadrasul Majidov (2-0, 2) and hard hitting Puerto Rican Sahret Delgado (8-0, 7) certainly seemed like one man didn't really care about his shape.
On the scales Majidov was 232.6lbs, marginally heavier than he was last December against Tom Little, where Little came in heavy at 251lbs. Delgado on the other hand wanted to really see what weight the scales could handle and came in at 291lbs, a career heaviest. This isn't just a career heaviest for Delgado, but smashed his previous heaviest by some margin, with his previous heaviest being 269lbs back in 2016. Amazingly Delgado was 198lbs on his debut, almost 100lbs lighter than he is here.
Given that both of the Heavyweights are 6'3" this is going to look like an in shape athlete against....someone who looks like a tub of lard.
Tomorrow in Thailand we'll see a really interesting WBA Asia title bout at 140lbs as 16 year old champion Phoobadin Yoohanngoh (9-0, 5) [แสงอาทิตย์ ลูกทรายกองดิน] takes on fellow unbeaten Atchariya Wirojanasunobol (13-0, 5) [อัจฉริยะ อำนาจมวยไทยยิม] on the latest episode of "The Fighter", promoted by TL Promotions and shown on Thairath.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout and both men made the 140lb limit, although they did so in different fashions.
The 31 year old Atchariya made weight first time, coming in under the limit at 139.8lbs. For him him this will be just the second bout for more than 2 years, after being arrested on drugs charges at an airport on route to a fight in Japan, against Andy Hiraoka. Those charges collapsed this year, but by then he had already all momentum in his career, his rankings, and had been out of the ring for well over a year by the time of his release. He is now looking to get his career back on track, and looked decent last time out, when he took a clear decision win over Kaewfah Tor Buamas in September. That was his first bout in over 2 years and came when Kaewfah actually replaced Phoobadin, who suffered an injury in the build up to the bout.
Whilst the challenger made weight with no issues, the champion actually did struggle to make weight. On his first attempt make weight he was 140.8lbs and needed a second attempt on the scales to make weight, hitting the limit of 140lbs dead on. It's unclear if he actually struggled with the weight, or just misjudged things, but it's a worry ahead of what is a very big step up in class for the youngster. A win here boosts his standing, and will push him on to the fringes of the WBA world rankings, but a loss will leave many wondering whether the 16 year wunderkind is really as good as touted.
Again for fans wanting to watch it will be aired from 4PM local time on Thairath, which is Thai TV channel 32.
(Image courtesy of - The Fighter Thailand)
Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall fight fans will be able to see WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight champion Musashi Mori (11-0, 6) [森 武蔵] make his next defense, as he takes on the heavy handed Tsuyoshi Tameda (21-5-2, 19) [溜田剛士] on an Ohashi promoted event.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in and both men made the 126lbs Featherweight limit with no issues.
On the scales the 21 year year old Mori was 125.8lbs, and looked in tremendous shape for what is almost certainly his most dangerous bout so far. Notably Mori will not just be risking his WBO Asia Pacific title here but also a potential world title fight, and as we write this he is in the WBO top 5, and edging towards a world title fight. A loss here would see those world title dreams come crashing down, along with his unbeaten record.
Tameda on the other hand hit the scales dead on the 126lbs limit, The heavy handed Ohashi Gym fighter was once a touted young hopeful himself, but in recent years he has been picking up losses with 4 defeats in his last 12 bouts, that includes a TKO loss last time out to Jae Woo Lee to in the Hajime No Ippo 30th Anniversary tournament just over a year ago. He can ill afford another loss here if he's to make the most of his career.
Notably Tameda's last 3 losses, to Lee, Hinata Maruta and Reiya Abe, have all come by stoppage. He doesn't really have that to fear with Mori, who's a light puncher, but Mori is a very talented fighter with big dreams, and won't be travelling from Aichi to Tokyo to see those dreams come crashing down.
Sadly as we write this it's not been confirmed whether this bout will receive any form of TV broadcast. Recent Ohashi shows have been aired on Fuji TV, but as of right now this one hasn't been confirmed for a broadcast slot.
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(Image credit - Ohashi)
Tomorrow we'll see the much anticipated WBC Minimumweight title bout between Wanheng Menayothin (54-0, 18) [วันเฮง มีนะโยธิน], aka Chayaphon Moonsri, and Petchmanee CP Freshmart (34-1, 22), aka Panya Pradabsri.
The bout will be the 13th defense for the unbeaten champion who will be looking to extend his unbeaten record to 55-0 and become the first 35 year old to defend the WBC Minimumweight title. It will also be Panya's first world title bout, and his most significant bout since his 2017 loss in China to Xiong Zhao Zhong, and the 13th time two Thai's have clashed in a world title bout.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest and both men have successfully made weight for the contest.
On the scales Wanheng had no issues at all, coming in at 104.7lbs for the contest, comfortably under the 105lb Minimumweight limit. At the weigh in he looked in good shape, though he did appear slightly gaunt around the face and shoulders. Though in saying that he does have a boney face and it's possible that the weight loss just amplified his facial structure rather than him actually being drained. Incidentally his goatee, which had made some waves on social media, has now been removed.
Panya on the other hand did struggle somewhat, coming in over weight on his first visit to the scales, at around 105.2lbs. He then went on to remove his underwear and managed to make the limit dead on. Like the champion he looked in good shape, and we don't think he really struggled as much as the stripping naked would suggest, and would actually go as far as to assume it was a minor blip rather than a real struggle.
For those interested in watching this bout it will be shown on Channel 7 HD in Thailand, with a time slot between 13:45 and 15:45 local time. It's also expected that the Petchyindee Kingdom facebook page will how the bout.
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(Image credit - Petchyindee)
Tomorrow at Korakuen Hall we'll see former world title challenger Norihito Tanaka (19-8, 10) [田中教仁] taking on youngster Yuni Takada (8-5-2, 3) [高田勇仁] in the main event of a Misako promoted show.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both men made the 105lb Minimumweight limit without many issues.
On the scales Tanaka, who fought Knockout CP Freshmart earlier this year, was bang on the limit. At the weigh in he spoke about this being the first step in his revival, and he seemed very confident of picking up a win and rebounding following his loss to the unbeaten Thai world champion in March. He also revealed he came close to retiring following that loss, but decided to focus on getting another world title shot.
Takada on the other hand was 104.7lbs and the 22 year old seems to be fully aware that this is a very clear step up in class. Earlier this year he earned a draw with Hizuki Saso, in what was a career best result, and a win here could help net Takada a shot at either Saso or Masataka Taniguchi, who close on January 3rd in a bout for the Japanese Minimumweight.
Although clearly the under-dog this is a huge opportunity for Takada and a win really would open doors for him.
For those wanting to watch this one it will be made available via the boxing Boxing Raise service, albeit on delay.
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