On New Year's Eve Japanese fight fans get the chance to see the brilliant WBA Super Featherweight "Super" champion Takashi Uchiyama (23-0-1, 19) take part in his traditional New Year's Eve bout in Tokyo. This year "KO Dynamite" is facing Nicaraguan youngster Oliver Flores (27-1-2, 17) who is being given very little chance by many in the know.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their physical examinations.
At the physical it seemed clear that Uchiyama was naturally the much bigger man. He was was 2cm (about 1") taller than the Nicaraguan and boasted a 10cm (4") reach advantage over the challenger. As well those physical advantage he was also going into his 12th world title bout, whilst Flores will be fighting in his first bout at the top level.
Although Uchiyama is the taller, longer and more proven fighter he is also the much older man and the 36 year old is 12 years older than the challenger. That may give Flores some hope, though the reality is that that is maybe the only hope he can hold onto going into this bout, where he is viewed as being the proverbial lamb to the slaughter.