Tomorrow Japanese fans get a domestic title doubler header at the Korakuen Hall. One of those bouts will see former Japanese Bantamweight champion Kentaro Masuda (23-7, 12) [益田 健太郎] attempt to reclaim his title as he takes on the unbeaten Yushi Tanaka (16-0-3, 10) [田中 裕士].
Today those two men weighed in for their bout and both made the Bantamweight limit.
On the scales Masuda was 117¼lbs, the same weight he was when he scored a technical decision win over Yu Kawaguchi in 2014 to originally win the Japanese title. The weight is lighter than he's been since that bout and he looks in amazing shape, in fact he looks ripped to shreds with an image on his blog, not featured here, making him look in incredible condition. The weight appears to be a very clear suggestion that he is taking this fight very seriously and has been preparing incredibly hardly.
Tanaka on the other hand was 117¾lbs. He The weight is around his norm, and in fact the weight comes in the range expected given the last 4 years of his career, which has typically seen him fighting between 116lbs and a little over 118lbs. This is the most significant fight of his career and he looked in great condition, but is stepping up massively for the bout against the former domestic champion.
Masuda looks to reclaim Bantamweight title, faces unbeaten Tanaka
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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