Tomorrow Japanese fans get a highly anticipated Japanese Heavyweight title fight as current champion Kyotaro Fujimoto (11-1, 6) risks his title against former WBA interim Light Middleweight champion Nobuhiro Ishida (21-10-2, 11). The bout will be Ishida's 4th as a Heavyweight whilst Kyotaro will be seeking his 3rd defense of the title. Not only is it a much anticipated bout but it's also one with some real needle to it after repeated taunts by both men and following a very close bout between the two men last year, with Kyotaro narrowly winning that contest.
Today saw the two men weigh in for their bout.
On the scales Ishida was 93.2KG's (205½lbs). This is a full 1lb lighter than he was in the first bout with Kyotaro however it's heavier than he's been in his last 2 bouts, including his 4th round victory over Kotatsu Takehara. Unsurprisingly Kyotaro was the heavier man weighing in at 101.4KG's (around 223½lbs). What was surprising however is this is the second lightest Kyotaro has been since he began his professional boxing career, only ¼lbs heavier than he was on his debut back in December 2011. It seems clear that Fujimoto has taken this bout incredibly seriously and dropped 9lbs since the first meeting between the two men!
With both sounding confident we suspect this could be a very special bout and we'd not be shocked if this became a very memorable contest for the fans in the Korakuen Hall tomorrow.
Kyotaro Fujimoto Vs Nobuhiro Ishida II-This time it's for the belt! (Preview)
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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