Tomorrow fans in Japan will be able to see local youngster Ryuya Yamanaka (12-2, 3) [山中 竜也] take a huge step up as he faces former WBO Minimumweight world champion Merlito Sabillo (25-3-1, 12) in a bout for the OPBF Minimumweight title, with the winner likely to be moved in to a potential world title fight in 2017.
Today the two men weighed in for their bout, and both made the limit, with Yamanaka being the heavoer man on the scales. The Japanese fighter came in dead on the limit for the bout and looked shredded at the weigh in almost as if he amped up his preparation for such a significant bout, a necessity given he has come up short in his biggest bouts in the past.
Sabillo came in under the limit, with some room to play with, but also looked in great condition for the bout and it's clear he hasn't travelled to suffer another loss in Japan, as he did earlier this year against teenager Riku Kano. Although viewed by maay as a faded fighter the 32 year old Sabillo knows that he will have to put in an impressive performance if he isn't to fade into obscurity.
Yamanaka and Sabillo face off for OPBF crown
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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