On Sunday fight fans in Osaka will get treat to an amazing IBF Minimumweight title bout between defending champion Katsunari Takayama (29-7-0-1, 11) and talented countryman Ryuji Hara (19-1, 11). Today those two men both weighed in for their bout and surprisingly it was teh short Hara who was the heavier man.
On the scales Hara was bang on the 105lb divisional limit. It's the weight he has fought 5 of his last 8 bouts at, including his sole loss against Kosei Tanaka late last year and his Japanese title victory against Kenichi Horikawa, almost 3 years ago.
Takayama on the other hand was 104½lbs, his lightest weight since his 2010 bout with Tshepo Lefele. Although only ¼lb lighter than he was his last time out, against Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr, it's still a strange move to com in so much under-weight when the rumour was that he's been struggling to make 105lbs.
Minimumweight Wars see Takayama and Hara go head to head in potential FOTY
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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