Today, less than a week from the fight, Kondo left Japan. The tough Japanese fighter left Narita Airport heading for New York for what will be a career defining contest for the Ichi Riki fighter, who fights in his first world title bout.
Although the clear under-dog against Lipinets Kondo seemed confident and was saying that he would be using his speed against Lipents, who is a heavy handed monster in the ring. There was also talk of being inspired by the recent win of Ryota Murata (13-1, 10) [村田 諒太], who has a connection to Konod from their days at Toyo University.
Whilst Kondo did seem confident we're again left scratching our heads on why fighters from Japan travel with less than a week to adjust to countries like the US and UK. We understand fighters wanting to stay at home but sometmes giving yourself ample time to adjust to conditions is probably the best idea, and something that they need to perhaps consider going forward.