Tomorrow in Hyogo we'll see former world title challenger Riku Kano (16-4-1, 8) [加納 陸] clash with unheralded Japanese fighter Ryoki Hirai (13-6-1, 4) [平井亮輝] for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific Light Flyweight title. The bout is the headline contest from a 2-part card set to be streamed by TV Osaka and promises fireworks and excite, as the two men look to a huge mark on the WBO rankings, and move towards a bigger bout in 2021.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in and both made the 108lbs limit and looked in great shape.
On the scales On the scales Kano was 107.8lbs, he looked in amazing shape, as he always does, and he seemed genuinely up for this bout. He stated that he'll win without doubt and it seemed like he saw the bout as part of a journey to bigger and better things. Once touted as a wunderkind of Japanese boxing Kano's career hasn't taken off as many had hoped and anticipated and it feels like this really is a must win if he's to make a real mark at the top.
Hirai came in at exactly the same weight, and stated that he had enjoyed training, whilst getting the youngsters in the gym to spar southpaw with him, to help him prepare for Kano. For Hirai this will be his first title bout, of any kind, after an 8 year career, and it's hard to not feel like this is a very clear high point for him and his career.
For those wanting to watch this bout it will be shown on Osaka TV's website or below, in the TV Osaka embed of the event.
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(Image courtesy of Taiesei Promotions)
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