On Sunday Japanese fans get, potentially, the fight of the month as IBF Minimumweight champion Katsunari Takayama (29-7-0-1, 11) battles countryman Ryuji Hara (19-1, 11). The bout may only be at 105lbs but given the styles of the two men we're expecting something very special.
Earlier today the two men under-went their physical examinations, which both men passed. Whilst the physicals weren't an issue they did include measurements being taken with those showing Takayama, for once in his career, being the bigger man.
Takayama will be about 2cm, just less than an inch, taller than his challenger and will boast a 3cm, just over 1inch, in reach advantage. It should however be noted that Takayama has fought in more than twice as many rounds as his challenger and is 7 years older. Those are series disadvantages to the champion who has been through the proverbial grinder in his great career.
Whilst the tale of the tape is interesting it is clear that Hara is the much smaller man naturally and may struggle to impose himself physically however he is also the more technically gifted of the two men and is by far the more "in prime" of the two fighters.
Minimumweight Wars see Takayama and Hara go head to head in potential FOTY
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