Last year we saw the exciting Japanese based American Charlie Ota (24-3-1, 16) suffer the worst year od his professional career, as he lost both of his bouts. The second of those bouts came in December last year when he was beaten, via split decision, by Yuki Nonaka. Since the loss to Nonaka Ota has been inactive though that changes tomorrow when he returns against unbeaten Filipino Stephen Gelawa (6-0-1, 4).
Today saw the weigh in for that bout, and at the weigh in Ota looked in tremendous shape whilst coming in at 151.5lbs, well under the 154lb limit though a weight very similar to what he was for the Nonaka bout, The weigh will likely have been based around what Ota feels comfortable fighting at and allows him to keep a little bit extra explosiveness and speed.
Gelawa on the other hand was 152lbs for the bout, again well under the limit though one of the highest of his career and is in fact 5lbs heavier than he was last time out, when he scored a 4th round TKO loss against Dennis Padua.
(Image courtesy of @CharlieOhta)
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