Today saw the weigh ins for "Pinyo Pride XXX" in Metro Manila. Whilst there is several notable bouts on the show we thought the most interesting thing to note from the weigh in regarded the WBO International Bantamweight title fight, a bout that is one of the chief support bouts on the show and one of the contests that has been over-looked.
On the scales Ryo Akaho (25-1-2, 17) weighed in on the divisional limit of 118lbs and looked solid at the weight. Unsurprisingly the WBO #1 ranked Bantamweight didn't really have many problems making the weight and is only marginally heavier than he was in December, when he stopped Antonio Tostado Garcia. In fact he was the same weight as he was last August ahead of his bout with Masaaki Serie.It wasn't a career high, or a career low, but his usual type of weight.
Things were very different when it came to Akaho's opponent, Ghanaian fighter Prosper Ankrah (24-4, 15). Ankrah weighed a career low 113lbs on the scales, some 4lbs lighter than his previous low and 17lbs lighter than his heaviest weight. What makes it more remarkable is that he appears to have lost 5lbs since he was last in action beating Raymond Ansah in October. At the weigh in Ankrah looked slim and slender though we have to wonder if someone told him the wrong weight for this bout as he's closer to being a Flyweight than a Bantamweight.
Whilst there is no "minimum weight limit" for a division we can't think of a case where a fighter has been this far below the limit before, and like wise we can't think of a more substantial weight difference for a bout in the lower weights.
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