The past few weeks has seen fans in Tokyo enjoying a lot of boxing, with numerous notable fighters taking place at the ever active Korakuen Hall. Tomorrow however the attention shifts from Tokyo to Kyoto where fans will get the chance to see an intriguing Japanese Lightweight title clash and the return of a promising youngster, looking to bounce back from his first defeat.
The Lightweight title clash will see reigning champion Kota Tokunaga (17-2, 11) [徳永 幸大] battle against former champion Nihito Arakawa (26-6-1, 16) [荒川 仁人] in a match up that looks genuinely brilliant, and is one of the 2016 Champion Carnival bouts.
Today the two men made weight for the bout at a very respectful weigh in, that saw both men showing genuine respect to each other.
On the scales both men were around 134.5lbs, well under the limit.
For Tokunaga the bout will be the 3rd defense of the title, whilst Arakawa will be trying to become a 2-time champion following a reign several years ago. Given the styles of the two men they really could be something very fun for the Kyoto fans.
On the undercard Japanese youngster Shohei Omori (15-1, 10) [大森 将平] will face Indosian Espinos Sabu (15-8-2, 8), in what will be Omori's first bout since his loss last year to Marlon Tapales in a WBO world title eliminator. Coming in to this bout he seems to be more aware that he needs to use his defense to win, rather than just his offensive fire power.
On the scales Omori was under the Bantamweight limit, weigh in at 117.5lbs whilst Sabu was bang on the limit at 118lbs.
Nihito Arakawa faces Tokunaga in attempt to reclaim Japanese crown
(Image courtesy of Kota Tokunaga's facebook)
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