Tomorrow fight fans will have the chance to see a wonderfully good looking WBA Light Flyweight world title bout between defending champion Ryoichi Taguchi (24-2-1, 11) [田口良一] and fellow Japanese fighter Ryo Miyazaki (24-1-3, 15) [宮崎 亮], a former WBA Minimumweight champion.
Today the two men took part in their pre-fight medicals, though they did so at different venues with Taguchi doing his in Tokyo and Miyazaki having his in Osaka, in what seemed like a peculiar move ahead of tomorrow's weigh in.
The numbers from the medical seem to sum up the fact that Miyazaki is moving up in weight. He's 11.3cm short than the champion, who is tall for the weight but not usually that much taller than his opponents, Miyazaki will also be giving away 13.5cm in reach, that's more than 5"! Other measurements also showed that Taguchi was the naturally bigger man with a 2.2cm thicker neck and a 4.3cm bigger chest.
Although the bigger man Taguchi will know that he's in for a fight. He's trained hard and is confident of stopping Miyazaki however the challenger also sounded confident and it seems that Miyazaki's plan will be to get inside the long reach and go to war with Taguchi up close.
Interestingly both men come into this bout unbeaten in world title bouts, however the defending champion carries a run of 3 straight stoppages in to the fight and will be fighting in front of the home fans in Tokyo. For Miyazaki the bout will only be his 5th in the capital and the first outside of the Korakuen Hall.