This past weekend we saw Ryosuke Iwasa (27-3, 17) [岩佐 亮佑] put together one of his best performances, as he stopped former WBO Bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales (33-3, 16) to claim the IBF "interim" Super Bantamweight title. Today he returned to Japan and spoke to the press about his performance, the experience of his second fight in the US and future plans.
Iwasa seemed to have had a bit of a frustrating time in the build up, with the weighing not done on time and his wraps not being allowed, but despite that he performed brilliantly.
Iwasa spoke about how Tapales had scary uppercuts and a powerful, compact right hook, but also added that his stamina was good whilst Tapales seemed to tire, and it appears that he was very much in the zone through the fight. Iwasa admitted that he wasn't looking for the KO, but that he had some luck, and that the shot looked good.
The focus now for Iwasa is IBF and WBA unified champion Danny Roman (27-2-1, 10). At the moment it's unclear when Roman will fight again, though Celes Kobayashi suggested it would be in January, and Iwasa said that he would be attending the fight, which is likely to be a WBA mandatory title defense for the American against Uzbek Murodjon Akhmadaliev (7-0, 6) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович]. Iwasa will then be first in line to face the winner.
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On December 7th we'll see an IBF "interim" Super Bantamweight title bout between Marlon Tapales (33-2, 16) and Ryosuke Iwasa (26-3, 16) [岩佐 亮佑].
Today, ahead of that bout, Iwasa was out in front of the media in Japan taking part in a public work out with promoter, and former world champion, Celes Kobayashi.
Prior to the physical work out the two men spoke to the media, explaining their training and the the plans they have as they finish preparing for the fight.
At today's event Iwasa stated that he was able to finish hard sparring with no injuries and revealed that they would be leaving Japan shortly,with the plan being to arrive on December and put finishing touches to things like weight whilst in the US.
To prepare for the bout it was revealed that Iwasa has been sparring with stiff competition, including Michael Dasmarinas, Mark Anthony Gerraldo and Reiya Abe, who have been selected to help Iwasa prepare form the southpaw stance of Tapales. That is something that is very significant here, as all 3 of Iwasa's professional losses have come to southpaws,
The southpaw preparations continued today when Iwasa sparred 2 rounds with Japanese ranked Bantamweight Ikuro Sadatsune (10-4-3, 3) [定常育郎], before he worked the mitts with Mr Kobayashi.
Iwasa also spoke about Luis Nery, and and revealed that he is hoping Tapales won't copy what Nery did last weekend and miss weight, something Tapales actually did when fought in Japan back in 2017. In that bout Tapales was stripped of the WBO Bantamweight title, for weighing in at 120lbs ahead of facing Shohei Omori in what was the second bout between the two men.
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