Earlier today saw the weigh for tomorrows Japanese card, which is to take place at the Korakuen Hall. One of the bouts on that card is an intriguing looking Middleweight bout between former world title challenger Makoto Fuchigami (21-10, 12) and the "better than his record suggests" Hikaru Nishida (12-7-1, 4). For both men this is, essentially a must win bout and it's shown by the great shape they were both in at the weigh in.
On the scales Nishida was the heavier man, hitting the 160lb weight limit dead on as he attempts to score his second win over Fuchigami, just as he did in March 2014. Since that win Nishida has proven his ability though did come up short in an intriguing OPBF and Japanese title fight last year to the talented Akio Shibata. A win here could well move him towards a rematch with Shibata.
Fuchigami on the other hand weighed in at 158¾lbs, his lightest weight in more than 2 years. Coming in to this bout Fuchigami knows that he most win if he's to ever get another major opportunity. Sadly since being stopped by Gennady Golovkin back in May 2012 he has won just 2 of 5 bouts, and was stopped last time out Shibata, suffering what was his 4th stoppage defeat.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp, Fuchigami on the left, Nishida on the right)
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