Tomorrow Japanese fans get the ring return of former Japanese Flyweight champion Suguru Muranaka (22-2-1, 7) [村中 優], who will be facing off against against Shun Ishibashi (10-18-1, 4) [石橋 俊] in an 8 round bout at 53KG's. The bout by it's self isn't particularly news worthy however the bout going ahead does have a positive story to get from it.
And that's that Muranaka made weight!
Last year Muranaka was the Japanese Flyweight champion, one of the many exciting fighters on the Japanese domestic circuit at 112lbs and one of a number of highly ranked fighters looking for a title shot. Sadly however he derailed his own career by being stripped of the title, for failing to make weight against Tetsuma Hayashi last April, and then missing weight again in October. Those back to back weight failures saw Muranaka being forced to suffer a suspension and question his future.
Having been out of the ring for a year, and having had the serious issues with weight, Muranaka couldn't hide his smile today after successfully beating the scales for the bout with Ishibashi. Interestingly it seems his future now lies at Super Flyweight and he has finally admitted that making Flyweight is beyond him now.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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