Back in April we saw Shuhei Tsuchiya (22-5, 18) [土屋 修平] lose the Japanese Lightweight title in a mandatory defense to Kazuhiro Nishitani. This coming Friday he returns to the ring for the first time since that loss, as he takes on the little known, and light hitting, Shota Suito (11-6-1, 1) [水藤 翔太].
Today, ahead of their bout, Tsuchiya and Suito took part in their weigh and both men managed to make the 135lb, Lightweight limit for the bout.
The usually chatty Tsuchiya was unusually quiet whilst at the weigh in, but did seem to suggest that he was wanting to give fans a show tomorrow and take part in a fun fight. Although he has been stopped in most of his losses it does seem unlikely that Suito can hit hard enough to really make the former champion think twice about having a fire fight, and we could have a fun contest here.
Notably a bout, on the same card, featuring former Japanese Welterweight champion Nobuyuki Shindo (18-4-1, 7) [新藤 寛之], has been pulled after Shindo's opponent Ryota Itoyama (10-8-1, 5) [山 良太] was forced to pull out of the contest.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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