Today fans in Kyoto get the chance to see two Japanese title fighters as the attention of Japanese fight fans takes a diversion from Tokyo and Osaka, the usual homes of Japanese boxing. Tomorrow however the attention turns back to Tokyo as the Korakuen Hall hosts a Japanese Light Flyweight bout between former world title challenger Shin Ono (18-6-2, 2) and perennial domestic contender Kenichi Horikawa (29-13-1, 6), who are facing off for the recently vacated belt.
Today, ahead of that Light Flyweight bout, both Horikawa and Ono weighed in for their bout and both made the 108lb limit and looked in good shape for what is, for both men, a must win bout.
For Ono the contest is a chance to add a Japanese title to his collection of honours, which also includes a reign as the OPBF champion. For Horikawa it could be the perfect end to his career after numerous narrow losses in title bouts against the likes of Akira Yaegashi, Yu Kimura and Ryuji Hara.
Shin Ono and Kenichi Horikawa meet in must win title bout!
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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