Earlier today saw the weigh in for "Kamikaze 3" the big Japanese show that's taking place this coming Wednesday. The weigh in, oddly for a Japanese domestic show, was one with a lot of interest from fans around the world.
The interest in the weigh in came because of the main event, the Heavyweight debut of Nobuhiro Ishida (25-9-2, 10) who had been bulking up to move from Middleweight to Heavyweight for a bout with Japanese Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto (8-1, 5).
Fujimoto's weight didn't really seem like the interest though he did come in at 105.5KG (232.6lbs) his highest as a boxer. Fujiomoto's weight was 0.5 KG (or 1lb) above his previous heaviest, which was his second pro bout back in March 2013 when he fought Jae-Chan Kim, and is 3.3KG (or 7lbs) more than what he was when he defended the Japanese Heavyweight title against Kotatsu Takehara last November.
The interest was was all about Ishida who had weigh in at 72.6KG (160lbs) for his last bout. This time around he was 93.5KG (206lbs) a huge change in weight and appearance. Despite the change however he looked in good shape and not the obese type of fighter that one would have expected with the huge increase in weight.
Of course we have been following this story from it's start and really seen Ishida change as a fighter in front of our eyes, though with him still being a significantly smaller man he will have to depend on his skills and speed to over-come the stronger and heavier Fujimoto.
Whilst it was the Ishida bout that had the most interest at the weigh in it wasn't the only bout on the card, nor was it the only one to have an important weigh in. Another weigh in was for the Japanese Lightweight title fight between defending champion Yoshitaka Kato (26-5-1, 7) and his #1 contender Yuhei Suzuki (14-3, 11). Both men came in at an identical weight of 61.2KG (134.9lbs) putting them under the Lightweight limit.
With both men looking great at the weigh in, as shown in the picture opposite, we are expect this one to be a thriller.
Another bout of interest from the card, the contest between Kenji Kubo (3-2-1, 1) and Hosogai Atsushi (6-7) saw Kubo coming in at 53.5KG (117.9lbs) whilst Atsushi was marginally lighter at 53.4KG (117.7lbs).
For those wondering about Ishida's "growth" we have tracked it:
The first picture below is from Ishida's Heavyweight test bout with Yamato Fujinaka from back in January
The second image is from a press conference back in February with Ishida and Fujimoto together
The third picture is from after a sparring session with Ukraine's Vyacheslav Shabranskyy from March
The Final picture was from after a training session 2 weeks ago, around the same time as a medical screening that Ishida had to complete
(All images, other than the very last one are thanks to boxingnews.jp, last picture is thanks to Nobuhiro Ishida's blog)
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