Earlier today saw the weigh-in for tomorrow's Japanese Bantamweight title fight between defending champion Kentaro Masuda (21-6, 11) and fast rising prospect Shohei Omori (13-0, 8).
The match up will be Omori's first title bout and a notable step up in class for the 22 year old Southpaw. Knowing it will be the toughest bout of his career has seen him really step up his preparation and today at the weigh in he came in at 53.3KG (around 117½lbs). Notably this is the 6th time he has weighed in at that weight and it seems that, for now, that's close to his perfect weight. Not only did he make weight relatively easily but he also looked in great condition and very confident at the weight.
As for Masuda, who is seeking the 3rd defense of his title, he struggled some what with the weight. He weighed in at 53.5Kg (just under 118lbs). For Masuda this is slightly heavier than he has been in recent bouts though he did begin his career at Super Bantamweight and he's always been a strong Bantamweight. Notably on the scales he didn't look particularly happy and it could well be that making weight has taken something out of him.
The bout will take place at the Korakuen Hall tomorrow and be part of the Dangan 126 show and it promise to tell us a lot about both men, who are both currently world ranked. The winner almost certainly be moved on wards and upwards towards a world title bout in the next 12-18 months whilst the loser will almost certainly come again, at least at domestic level.
Japanese Bantamweight champion Masuda takes on Omori in potential thriller! (Preview)
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