This coming Wednesday boxing fans get an intriguing match up as Japan's Shingo Wake (20-4-2, 12) [和氣 慎吾] faced Dominican power puncher Jonathan Guzman (21-0-0-1, 21) in a out for the IBF Super Bantamweight title. The bout has got genuine intrigue to it with fight fans around the world interested in how this one will play play out and where the fighters may go after the bout.
Today the medical for the contest took place with both men passing all the relevant checks without any issue at all.
Although the checks were all fine they did give us some very interesting information about the two men and their relative size to each other given the multiple measurements taken of the two fighters.
Perhaps the most interesting measurement given was that of height with Wake boasting an 8cm height advantage. That sort of advantage is rarely seen in these division for comparative purposes the different is similar to the advantage Deontay Wilder's had over Artur Szpilka earlier this year.
Despite the huge advantage in height Wake didn't have a major edge in reach, with that advantage being just over 1.5cm, a hardly noticeable difference. Strangely however Wake boasts a much bigger chest than Guzman and a notably bigger neck, suggesting a natural size advantage over the visitor.
Also worth noting is that Wake has the edge in experience with 82 more rounds than Guzman. However Guzman has had rounds due to his big advantage, the clear edge in power. That edge is his great equaliser and will be his key to over-come Wake when the men meet in the ring.
For both men this will be their first world title fight bout and their bout and their first chance to make a real mark on the world scene, which should drive both on.