Tomorrow we see the first Japanese televised card of 2017, a card headlined by an OPBF Heavyweight title fight between Kyotaro Fujimoto (15-1, 8) [藤本 京太郎] and Willie Nasio (10-1, 9). As well as the main event there is a really interesting supporting bout as former PABA, OPBF and JBC title holder Akinori Watanabe (33-5, 28) [渡部あきのり] faces the unbeaten Takeshi Inoue (7-0-1, 3) [井上 岳志], in what will be Watanabe's first bout since he joined the Watanabe Gym.
The bout, a Light Middleweight, saw both fighters make weight today.
The experienced Watanabe came in at just under the limit and looked like a rejuvenated fighter, who has found a new lease of life since transferring gyms last year. This will be his first bout since late 2015, when he lost to Toshio Arikawa in a Strongest Korakuen bout.
As for Inoue, who is taking a huge step up in class here, his weight was 153lbs and it seemed clear that he was very comfortable at Light Middleweight. A win for him would really put him in the title mix for later this year and he'll know that this is a huge opportunity.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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