Tomorrow fight fans in Kumamoto will get the chance to see local star Tatsuya Fukuhara (17-4-5, 6) [福原 辰弥] defend the Japanese Minimumweight title against former world title challenger Shin Ono (19-7-2, 3) [小野 心].
Today those two men took part in their weigh in for their bout and both made weight at the first at the first attempt.
On the scales Ono was dead on the limit of 105lbs and he seemed confident saying he was in good physical condition and had been preparing for Fukuhara with sparring against Southpaws. Although fighting in Fukuhara's home area he seemed to feel like he was going to claim the title, and move into the world rankings, heading towards a second world title fight.
Fukuhara, who is officially #3 ranked by the WBO who haven't updated their rankings since their #1 and #2 fought last month, made the weight with room to spare. He was around 104¾lbs and yet still looked like a ripped monster. He stated that he was confident but had to set the pace and not fight Ono's fight. With that in mind it seems clear that he will press the action and be his usually aggressive self. If he wins he could find himself on the verge of a world title fight, potentially in December.
Fukuhara looks to extend reign as he takes on former world title challenger Ono
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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