Tomorrow fans in Osaka will have the chance to see the always exciting Katsunari Takayama (28-7-0-1, 11) defend his IBF Minimumweight title against Thai challenger Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (27-3-1, 15). In the eyes of many this is a mismatch in favour of the champion however the challenger has been confident through out and appears to have put in a lot of effort in training.
Today saw the weigh in for that bout and the hard work put in Fahlan was evident at the career Light Flyweight came in at 104¼lbs, which we believe is a career low. The Thai was almost 6lbs lighter than he was the last time he fought in Japan, losing a decision to Takuma Inoue, though looked in great condition and will be hoping to make his natural size, height and reach advantage count against Takayama.
The champion was also comfortably under the limit weighing in at 104½lbs, which is his lowest weight since defeating Tshepo Lefele in September 2010. Although coming well under the limit he too looked comfortable on the scales and, as with the challenger, he has sounded very confident in the build up to the fight, even speaking about scoring a knockout against the taller Thai.
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Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr towers over Katsunari Takayama at the physical
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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