Earlier today saw the official weigh ins for tomorrows show in Osaka. Among those to be weighed were Katsunari Takayama (27-7-0-1, 10) and Go Odaira (11-3-3, 1) who battle for the vacant IBF and WBO Minimumweight world titles. The bout will see the winner becoming a unified world champion and it's fair to say that the bout will be the most significant bout for either man, even if it isn't the most high profile in Takayama's long and storied career.
At the weight in the more experienced Takayama was the heavier man weighing in just inside the limit at 104¾lbs whilst Odaira was the lighter man at 104lbs, a full 1lb inside the division limit of 105lbs.
For Takayama this is high lightest weight since his 2010 stoppage win over Tshepo Lefele and the first time he has been under the limit, as opposed to on it, since that bout more than 4 years ago. Odaira on the other hand is is surprisingly at the equal lowest of his career, tying the weight he was in his December 2006 win over Kosuke Ota, in what was his third professional bout. Although it is his lightest we're noth thinking Odaira has over-trained, and is only marginally lighter than he was in his recent win over Hiroya Yamamoto, a bout for which he was 104½lbs.
At the weigh in both were respectful and both seemed to accept that this was going to be a tough bout.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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