Tomorrow Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see Daisuke Sakamoto (13-8-3, 8) [坂本 大輔] face off with domestic rival Makoto Kawasaki (9-4-1, 2) [川崎真琴] in a bout for the "interim" Japanese Welterweight title.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in for the contest and both men made weight for the contest.
On the scales Sakamoto was the heavier man, coming in on the limit, despite being the shorter man. He looked determined to claim the biggest win of his career and secure a rematch with big punching "regular" champion Toshio Arikawa (14-4, 12) [有川 稔男] , who had been set to face Sakamoto before suffering a nasty injury earlier this year.
Although slightly taller Kawasaki was the lighter man, coming in with some room to spare. Like Sakamoto this will be the most significant bout of his career and although he didn't look relaxed or happy it'sclear that this is a huge opportunity for him, and he's done all he can to be in the shape of his career for the bout. It seems like the pressure was weighing on him today, but come fight time he'll look to use that pressure positively to change his career and claim the chance to face Arikawa.
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(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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