Earlier today was the official weigh in for tomorrows show at the Korakuen Hall. The show's most notable bout is an OPBF Super Bantamweight title bout between defending champion Shingo Wake (17-4-2, 10), defending the belt for the 5th time, and Filipino challenger Jimmy Paypa (16-2-1, 6), who is challenging for his first title.
On the scales Wake was heavier man weighing in at 122lbs exactly, bang on the limit. Wake's weight was pretty consistent with what he's been in recent years and in 6 of his previous 7 bouts he was the same, the one exception was his bout with Jaesung Lee where he was ¼lb lighter than he was today.
As for Paypa he was 121¼lbs. This was his lowest weight since October 2011, when he was 119lbs for his victory over Anthony Sabalde. Notably this is almost 4lbs lighter than he was in last bout, last July against Gadwin Tubigon, and more than 4lbs lighter than his only previous bout in Japan, a technical last May against Tsuyoshi Tameda.
What was probably more interesting however was the height advantage enjoyed by Wake who looks to be 3" if not 4" taller than his challenger.
For Wake this is a huge fight and a win is expected to move him on to a world title fight with Guillermo Rigondeaux in the summer. For Paypa it's an opportunity to upset the applecart and possibly land himself a major bout down the line.
Gary Hyde indicates Wake Vs Rigondeaux is likely later this year!
Wake battles Paypa as he continues his hunt for a world title [preview]
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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