Kal Yafai puts his WBA super-flyweight world title on the line against Sho Ishida this Saturday, live on Sky Sports Box Office, and the Brit cannot afford to slip up.
The super-flyweight division is thriving at the moment and WBA world champion Kal Yafai is ready to head stateside to join the starring cast, but in his way stands unbeaten mandatory challenger Sho Ishida.
Fighting out of Japan, Ishida, 25, carries a perfect professional record and his sizeable height advantage will no doubt cause Yafai some concerns.
The Birmingham man, a 2008 Olympian, has looked impeccable thus far in the paid ranks, winning his title in imperious fashion against Luis Concepcion a year ago, but his tricky first defence against little known Suguru Muranaka suggests that Ishida cannot be overlooked.
The likes of Roman Gonzalez, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Juan Francisco Estrada and Naoya Inoue are just some of the names that could await the winner in what is quickly becoming one of boxing’s most glamorous divisions.
What the fighters say…
What the experts say… The weigh-in…
Kal Yafai: 8st 2lbs
Sho Ishida: 8st 2lbs
The time draws near…
Will a win tonight set Yafai up to follow in Srisaket Sor Rungvisai's footsteps?
Watch Kal Yafai vs Sho Ishida on the undercard of Anthony Joshua vs Carlos Takam, from the Principality Stadium, Cardiff, on October 28, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Book via your Sky remote or online.