With the vacant WBO 115-pound title on the line, Aston Palicte (25-2-1, 21 KOs) from the Philippines, weighed in at 114.6 pounds and Kazuto Ioka (23-2, 13 KOs) of Japan weighed in at 114.4 for this Wednesday’s bout at Makuhati Messe Hall in Chiba, Japan. Four-division champ and Filippino boxing legend Donnnie Nietes vacated the title rather than face Palicte. Nietes fought Palicte last year for the then-vacant title in a bout that was scored a draw. Nietes then defeated Kazuto Ioka for the vacant title and vacated, while Palicte won an eliminator and was named the mandatory contender to face Ioka.
On the same show Miyo Yoshida (12-1) and Casey Morton (8-1-3) battle for the WBO female title in the same weight class. On the scales, Yoshida had no problems at all, despite regularly fighting at bantamweight. She came in at 114.2 pounds. Morton had some issues. She originally weighed in over the 115-pound limit, before rushing to the bathroom and cutting her hair, getting her under the limit with a little bit of wriggle room to spare, at around 114.9.