Former world title challenger Ardin Diale (26-9-3, 13) will be viewed as a massive favourite for his fight on Saturday however he will have a notable disadvantage, 6lbs of weight. Diale, who scaled 115lbs on Friday at his weigh in, saw upcoming rival Rommy Wassar (11-17-7, 5), of Indonesia, hit the scales at 121lbs, the weight of a fully fledged Super Bantamweight, not a Super Flyweight, as he was contracted to.
Despite Wassar missing weight the fight will go on as planned with Wassar being forced to wear 10oz gloves as punishment for being over the contracted limited.
On paper this is a stay busy fight for the talented Diale, who is ranked #2 by the OPBF at Flyweight, however the weight difference could give Diale some problems hurting Wassar, which could actually help Diale get some good rounds against a man who has been stopped 4 times in his last 8 bouts.
We'll be honest we're unsure who's really blame for this one. Wassar is obviously a guilty party having agreed to the limit of 115lbs however the match makers need to take some responsibility given that Wassar has been fighting significantly higher than Super Flyweight in recent bouts, including stoppage losses to Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat, Tiger Tor Buamas and Ryosuke Iwasa. One needs to wonder if they full appreciated that Wassar wasn't a Super Flyweight.
The talented Diale is fighting for the 4th time since his amazing war with Koki Eto from last year. Impressively he has stopped his last 3 opponents in a combined 16 rounds and will be hoping another win here will move him back towards an OPBF title fight. Interestingly Diale is ranked #2 behind Takuma Inoue and with talk of Eto vacating we may end up seeing Diale fight Inoue for the vacant title later this year.
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