Earlier today the Watanabe gym surprised their trio of world champions by making them do a public weigh in to see if they were close to their fighting weight. As it turned out all 3 were in tremendous shape.
The longest reigning champion, Takashi Uchiyama (24-0-1, 20) [内山 高志], the current WBA "super" Super Featherweight champion, amazingly Uchiyama was just 138.5lbs this morning, just over 2% above his fighting weight. "KO Dynamite" who looked terrific, is said to be working towards an April date for the much talked about bout with Nicholas Walters, but a deal still wasn't yet signed and sealed.
The second longest reigning champion at the weigh in was WBA Super Flyweight champion Kohei Kono (31-8-1, 13) [河野 公平] and he came in at around 124lbs, above his "fighting weight" though looking in good shape and as if he was focusing on preparing for his next bout. At the moment he is still hoping to secure a bout with Rex Tso [曹星如] though no deal is in place and if a bout can't be sorted he will instead defend at home in April.
The remaining champion was WBA Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (23-2-1, 10) [田口 良一] who weighed in around 118lbs, about 10lbs about his fighting weight, and like the other two he looked in great condition. At the moment there is no specific plan for Taguchi's next bout, but it's clear that he's working on improving after what was a relatively poor performances against Luis de la Rosa on New Year's Eve.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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