Earlier today it was revealed that former WBO Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (25-2-1, 13) [伊藤 雅雪] had not only been training in Thailand, something that was already known, but had been getting top quality sparring over their.
Ito, who returns to the ring in September in a Lightweight bout in Tokyo, has recently been sparring with world ranked Light Welterweight Downua Ruawaiking (16-0, 13) [ดาวเหนือ เรือไวกิ้ง], aka Apinun Khongsong, in Thailand, at the Kiat Keerarin Boxing Camp.
The Thai, who became the IBF mandatory challenger for the IBF Light Welterweight title thanks to a huge KO win over Akihiro Kondo, obviously looked much bigger than Ito through the spar. Though in footage released Ito looked sharp and was finding holes in Downua's defenses, an area the Thai needs to work on before getting a world title fight.
Sadly the footage from the session really was limited though showed enough to suggest that both men were taking some lessons from it, and that it was mutually beneficial.
(Image courtesy of Kiat Kreenin Promotion)
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