Today's attention in Tokyo is, rightfully, focused on the world title triple header from the Ota City general Gymnasium. That however isn't the only notable bit of interest this week in the Japanese capital, with the Korakuen Hall playing host to a Japanese title fight tomorrow.
That title fight will see national Welterweight champion Nobuyuki Shindo (17-3-1, 6) [新藤 寛之] face mandatory challenger Toshio Arikawa (12-4, 10) [有川 稔男], and today both men made weight.
The tall Shindo weighed in well under the 147lb limit, weighing in at around 146.4lbs , a weight that he has typically been around despite standing at a freakishly tall 6'1", a well above height for a Welterweight.
Arikawa on the other hand was pretty much on the limit for what will be his first title fight and his biggest bout to date. Although saying that he did step up admirably last year when he won the Strongest Korakuen, stopping Akinori Watanabe in a genuine upset and domestically a break out win.
Shindo faces big punching Arikawa
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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