Late on Friday saw the weigh in for this weekend's WBO Bantamweight title unification bout between Tomoki Kameda (30-0, 19), the regular champion, and Alejandro Hernandez (28-10-2, 15), the interim champion. With both men being experienced professionals there was no doubting both would make weight but it was surprising how good both looked on the scales.
Kameda weighed in comfortably under the limit at 117.5lbs, his lightest weight since his title winning bout against Paulus Ambunda last August in which he weighed the exact same weight. This is half 0.5lbs less than he weighed in both of defenses including his US debut this past July against Pungluang Sor Singyu.
Mexican fighter Hernandez he weighed the same as he did when he won the interim title with a victory over Daniel Rosas in June and is exactly 1lb heavier than he was in his March bout with Filipino Mavin Mabait. Despite the scratchy record Hernandez has never lost a bout at Bantamweight with his last 3 losses coming at Super Bantamweight or Featherweight, including a loss to Kameda's compatriot Akifumi Shimoda.
The weigh in hasn't changed the odds in regards to who the bookies think will win, with Kameda still priced around 1/10 however we have spotted more companies have opened up new markets on the fight.
The news markets include the "Method of Victory" which have included Kameda by decision at Evens, with Stan James, or Kameda by stoppage at 6/4 for those who are expecting Kameda to go out and make a real statement. For those thinking Henandez can do it he is priced at 14/1 for a decision and the same for a TKO/KO or DQ. As for the bout going the distance Boylesports are offering 4/6 on the bout to go 12 whilst other firms have the bout 6/5 to not go the distance.
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