We are now just a few days away from the WBO Minimumweight title fight between Japanese teenager Kosei Tanaka (4-0, 2) and experienced Mexican Julian Yedras (24-1, 13). Ahead of the fight both men took part in a physical examination in Nagoya.
The physical was essentially to check that both men were fine to fight, something they both passed, but the examination also provided some interesting stats regarding the size of the two men who are involved in the bout.
First we know now that Tanaka is 2cm taller than his Mexican foe, with Yedras also giving away 5cm (2") in reach to the Japanese youngster. Tanaka will be hoping to make those advantages pay and fight from a distance using his reach and speed to tag Yedras and get out of range.
Yedras on the other hand is built a lot more sturdily. His neck is 0.5cm thicker than that of Tanaka however Yedras has a staggering 7cm bigger chest. That came as no real surprise considering the shape Yedras was in yesterday at his physical though it makes his game plan seem like an obvious. He's going to bore in, use his physical strength and try to break down Tanaka through the fight.
Interestingly one other thing that came from the medical was that Yedras had a low heart beat, at around 45 beats per minute. That was described by someone as giving him the fitness of a marathon runner. Tanaka may well need find himself being dragged in to deep water later if he can't take Yedras out.
Given the styles of the two men and their physical measurements this may well be a very tough bout for the two men involved and those suggesting Yedras was hand picked as an easy patsy may well have driven Yedras into really getting up for the bout which could end up being a very tough bout for the Japanese youngster.
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