Tomorrow at the Kobe Central Gym fans will have the chance to see the immensely popular Hozumi Hasegawa (33-5, 15) return to the ring for the first time in over a year. Hasegawa, who was last seen being stopped by Spaniard Kiko Martinez, will be taking on unbeaten Mexican puncher Horacio Garcia (29-0, 21) in a must win fight for the "Ace of Japan".
Today both men hit the scales with the bout set for Featherweight and, rather unsurprisingly, both men managed to make the weight with out any real drama.
Hasegawa, who twisted his ankle in preparation for the bout, was the heavier of the two men as he weighed 125¾lbs for the bout whilst Garcia was slightly lighter at 125½lbs.
For Hasegawa 3¾lbs heavier than he was last April, in the loss to Martinez, and is tied for his equal highest weights which came in his Featherweight title bouts against Juan Carlos Burgos in 2010 and Jhonny Gonzalez in 2011. As for Garcia the weight is is also among his highest, having previously fought much of his career at 122lbs.
Hozumi Hasegawa's ankle said to have recovered ahead of Garcia bout
Hozumi Hasegawa ends public training session early following ankle issue
(Image courtesy of the excellent boxmob.jp)
Below we've included Hasegawa's most recent bout, his contest with Kiko Martinez.
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