Khalid Yafai (21-0, 14 KOs) and Suguru Muranaka (25-2-1, 8 KOs) made weight in Birmingham and are ready to fight this Saturday at the Baycayclard Arena for the World Boxing Association Super Flyweight title.
None of the fighters had trouble in the weigh-in ceremony. The local fighter and current monarch of thebody hit the scales at 114.6 pounds, while theJapanese hit the scales at 114.3 pounds.
This will be Yafai’s first defense of his crown, which hewon in Manchester last December after defeatingPanamanian Luis Concepción. The British has beenvery confident but especially enthusiastic to have hisfirst defense at home, while his opponent is looking forward to snatching his title.
The WBA Officials Committee appointed part of theofficials who will work on the bout on Saturday. Thesupervisor will be the American Robert Mack, while thePanamanian Octavio Rodríguez and the French JeanRobert Laine will be judges in the fight.
The referee and the third judge were appointed by thelocal boxing commission. Thus, the British Steve Graywill be the third man in the ring, while the trio of judgeswill be completed by the also British Dave Parris.