Tomorrow we'll see former multi-time world champion Katsunari Takayama (31-8-0-1, 12) [高山 勝成] returned to the professional ring for the first time in over 3 years as he takes on former 2-time world title challenger Reiya Konishi (17-2, 7) [小西伶弥] in Hyogo.
The bouts headlines the first part of a 2-part streamed live on Osaka TV's website and YouTube channel and promises genuine fireworks between two men who's styles should gel perfectly.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in and both men made the Light Flyweight limit with no issues.
Konishi, a 27 year old from the SUN RISE Boxing Gym, came in bang on the Light Flyweight limit as he attempts to kick start his career. The exciting former Japanese Minimumweight champion has been out of the ring for 18 months, following a loss to Felix Alvarado, but he looked in great shape at the weigh in and seemed to be hungry to make a statement.
Takayama on the other hand was comfortably under the limit, weighing in at 107.1lbs and looked in solid shape, especially for a 37 year old who has been away from professional boxing since August 2016. Aged 37 he knows a loss could force him into permanent retirement, but he, and trainer Hiroake Nakade, both sounded confident of picking up the win and moving towards another world title.
Interestingly this is the first bout for both men at their new gyms. For Konishi this bout is his first since leaving Shinsei for SUN RISE whilst Takayama will be fighting out of Neyagawa Ishida boxing Gym, run by Nobuhiro Ishida, for the first time.
For fans wanting to watch the bout we've included the livestream embed from TV Osaka below.
(Image credit - Taisei Gym)
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