On Sunday Japanese fans will get the chance to see the sensational Naoya Inoue (10-0, 8) [井上 尚弥] defending his WBO Super Flyweight world title against Thai challenger Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (38-7-1, 18) [เพชรบางบอน ก่อเกียรติยิม]. Today, ahead of that bout, the two men took part in their preliminary medical screening.
Both men passed the medical check ups with no issues, with perhaps the most notable thing being the massive difference in pulse between the two men, with Inoue's measured at 68BPM to Petchbarngborn's 90BPM but other than that their wasn't much between the two men.
What was a little strange was that Inoue, who looked taller when the men were together, as seen in the picture, was actually short by 1.8cm (around 3/4") and Inoue's reach had bizarrely shrunk from his last bout, when it was measured at 173cm as opposed to the 171.2cm that it was measured at today.
The height difference sees Inoue facing a taller man for the first time since he beat Ryoichi Taguchi more than 3 years ago. Interestingly that was the last time Inoue fought in Kanagawa and the first time he went the distance. This time around he's favoured to score a stoppage and is expected to impress the local fans who he has missed whilst fighting in Tokyo.
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(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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