Shohei Omori and Hirofumi Mukai make weight, Omori eyeing world honours in 2016!
Over the next few days Asian fans get a treat with 4 title fights coming in the space of 3 days. Whilst none of those bouts feature a world title one of them does feature a world champion in the making.
That bout is the Japanese Bantamweight title fight which takes place tomorrow will see the incredibly promising Shohei Omori (14-0, 9) defending his belt against former 2-time world title challenger Hirofumi Mukai (11-3-2, 1).
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for tomorrows bout and both men made weight at their first attempt. Though we've not been given the weigh in particulars.
What we have been given is some quotes from Omori who seems to be the big favourite and is very confident of picking up the win. He's predicted a 5th round win over his challenger and has stated that he would like to move into a world title bout next time out rather than remain at domestic level for any longer than he really too. The most interesting thing however was that he stated his long term aim was to take part in a unification bout with Shinsuke Yamanaka, a man who Omori has been compared with and who, like Omori and Mukai, went to Nanjing metropolitan high school.
Although Omori was incredibly confident it did seem like Mukai was quietly confident and he seemed to suggest that he was going to claim the title. It seems that few believe him though he has certainly competed at a higher level.
We'll admit we're really looking forward to this one and hopefully the winner will become a real fixture on the world stage in 2016.
Shohei Omori looks to continue rise as he battles Hirofumi Mukai!
(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)
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