Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will see OPBF Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto (16-1, 8) [藤本 京太郎] defending his title against the powerfully built Herman Ene Purcell (12-5, 6), in a bout which will also see the winner claim the WBO Asia Pacific title.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in.
On the scales Fujimoto, the taller man by abouyt 4", was the lighter man coming in at around 228.4lbs. The weight is around his typical weigh in weight, which ranges from 223lbs to 233lbs and he looked in decent shape, even if he wasn't ripped to the gills. He made it clear that he's seeing this bout as his chance to move towards a WBO world title fight against Joseph Parker.
As for Purcell's weight, that was about 257.5lbs, significantly heavier than the Japanese fighter. He was quiet at the weigh in but seemed confident in his power. Amazingly his arms were so thick that the sphygmomanometer, the machine used to measure blood pressure, struggled to fit around his arm properly.
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(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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