Tomorrow Japanese fans in Tokyo will get a treat with a double title show from the Korakuen Hall. One of those fights, in out eyes the most interesting, comes at 108lbs where Japanese champion Ken Shiro (6-0, 3) [拳 四朗] defends his title against former world title challenger Atsushi Kakutani (17-4-1, 10) [角谷 淳志]. The bout will be Ken Shiro first defense as the Japanese champion, whilst Kakutani will be getting his second shot at a Japanese title, having previously challenged for the Super Flyweight belt.
On the scales today both men made weight and both looked comfortable at the the 108lb limit.
From what we understand the champion was the slightly lighter man, coming in at slightly under 107.5lbs whilst Kakutani was closer to 107.75lbs. For Ken Shiro the weight is around the same as his last two bouts whilst Kakutani is his lightest since he fought the then WBC champion Adrian Hernandez back in 2013.
For fans interested in watching this bout, it will be aired on tape delay this weekend on Fuji TV.
Ken Shiro makes first defence against former world title challenger Kakutani
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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