Tomorrow Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall will get a huge treat as Takuya Kogawa (28-4, 14) [粉川 拓也] and Masayuki Kuroda (26-7-3, 15) [黒田 雅之] battle in a bout to unify the Japanese Flyweight and Japanese interim Flyweight titles. The bout, likely to be one of the most fan friendly in a Japanese ring this year, is highly anticipated by Japanese domestic fans and has the feel of being something genuinely brilliant.
Today the two men weighed in for the contest and both came in at the divisional limit of 112lbs, and both looked in great shape.
Kogawa, who returning after an injury induced lay off, is looking to secure a second victory over Kuroda and seemed very confident as he spoke at the weigh in. Prior to this bout he has been sparring with Kosei Tanaka and Daigo Higa and believes he is world class, just as those two are. To him this bout is a stepping sone to a world title bout.
For Kuroda the bout is a chance to avenge one of his losses and an opportunity to take not only the unified Japanese Flyweight title but also Kogawa's world rankings. He's seemed to be really confident and determined of picking up the win and it was clear that he's now seeing himself as a fighter who is developing more, despite being a bit of a veteran, having debuted more than a decade ago.
Kogawa and Kuroda face off in unification bout!
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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