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Weights: Naoya Inoue 118lbs, Jamie McDonnell 117.5lbs

Both bantamweights made their mark for tomorrow’s title fight.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

We’re good to go for tomorrow’s bantamweight title fight between WBA champion Jamie McDonnell (29-2-1, 13 KOs) and challenger Naoya Inoue (15-0, 13 KOs). The fight will be taking place in Japan and streamed live on ESPN+, starting at 7am ET.

We’ll have live coverage of the fight right here on BLH for a morning installment of championship boxing!

Both fighters stepped on scale today and McDonnell, who stands at about 5’10, actually weighed in lighter than Inoue, 5’5”, who is moving up in weight for this fight. McDonnell officially weighed-in at 117 12 pounds while Inoue came in right at the bantamweight limit of 118lbs.

Inoue, 25, is a Japanese phenom who is expected to be a talent too much for McDonnell to handle. That said, Inoue is untested at this weight. Meanwhile McDonnell, 32, not only has the considerable height advantage but also has a 4” reach advantage that he’ll presumably attempt to use to frustrate and outbox Inoue. We’ll see how that unfolds.

Join us early tomorrow morning for all the action!

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