Later today fight fans will be able to see IBF female Light Flyweight champion Naoko Shibata (16-3-1, 5) [柴田 直子] defending her title against Mexican youngster Alondra Garcia (16-3-1, 1), the woman she originally beat for the belt.
Yesterday the two fighters took part in their wiegh in and both made the 108lbs Flyweight limit with room to spare.
On the scales the champion was the heavier fighter, coming in 107½lbs. The weight is one that has been her typical weight in recent times, and she weighed the same in her first bout with Garcia as well as in recent defences against Saemi Hanagata and Maria Salinas, both of which were majority decision wins for the champion.
Garcia on the other hand came in very light, weighing 105¾lbs, which is the second lightest recorded weight in her career, less than 1lb heavier than her lightest which came back in August 2014 against Victoria Argueta for a Minimumweight title. Amazingly the weight is more than 10lbs lighter than she was last time out, when she fought for a female Bantamweight title. Although more than 2lbs under the limit she looked in good shape and seemed confident of avenging her loss to Shibata and claiming her first world title.
Shibata and Garcia face off in rematch for IBF crown!
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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