The former OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific champion seemed delighted to get his long awaited world title fight, after having previously been the WBO #1 for a while and slipping to the #2 position. He seemed to be aware of Diaz's strengths and stated that he had the faster straight punches, and it does sound like Ito is well aware of what sort of a game plan he will have for the bout with Diaz.
It was revealed that the Japanese fighter will go to the US in early July and will seemingly have a longer time to adjust to foreign conditions than we typically see for Japanese fighters. It's rare to see Japanese fighters actually give themselves a chance to acclimatise though it does seem like Ito's team have learned from the mistakes of others.
It's also worth noting that today's event saw confirmation that the bout will be televised live in Japan on WOWOW, giving Japanese fight fans a chance to watch it, whilst American fans will get the chance to watch the contest on ESPN+.
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