Tomorrow Japanese fans in Osaka get the chance to see one of the most significant and risky debut's in recent memory as Japanese teenager Hinata Maruta (0-0) takes on world ranked Filipino puncher Jason Canoy (24-5-2, 18). The bout, a true baptism of fire, is viewed as a calculated gamble from Maruta's team, who seem to feel that he's such a sensational prospect that he needs to face this level of opposition, however it is certainly a dangerous bout.
On Saturday the two men took part in the weight and whilst both men made the limit they did look very different with Maruta literally towering over his Filipino foe, in fact the difference in height is thought to have been about 6" though looked even more when the men stood side by side.
Whilst the weights haven't yet been made publicly available we have been assured that both men made the limit for the bout, which was set just under 119lbs. It seems obvious however that Maruta will outgrow the Bantamweight, and Super Bantamweight, divisions in the near future as his long and youthful frame matures and fills out. For Canoy however he looked a solid fighter at the weight and was beaming with confidence ahead of the bout.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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