Earlier this year we saw Japanese Light Welterweight hopeful Hiroki Okada (19-0, 13) [岡田 博喜] make his US debut, as he narrowly over-came Cristian Rafael Coria (27-7-2, 11) in what was a surprisingly tricky clash.
Despite struggling to win Okada did get the victory and and it seems like he is looking to make a better impression next time out.
Today the unbeaten man left for the US where he will begin a 1-month training camp to help prepare for his next bout.
The focus on the training camp is to help his with the physical aspects of fighting and working on his control of distance, which will be a focus of his sparring.
Okada told the press that his next bout wasn't yet set, but that it was likely to take place in January or February.
The training camp will see him being in the US until late November, when he'll return to Japan.
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Last week Japanese Light Welterweight hopeful Hiroki Okada (19-0, 13) [岡田 博喜] made his US debut, struggling past Cristian Rafael Coria (27-7-2, 11) in a 10 round bout, in Fresno.
The contest was Okada's first outside of Japan and he really failed to show what he was capable of.
Today he returned to Japan and was in a reflective mood as he spoke about his experiences against Coria, and what he's learned from that contest.
The fighter admitted that he has to work on his stamina and his physical ability. It seems like their was a lot of confusion in the build up to the fight and it did seem, when he was in the ring, that his focus wasn't quite on point. He start slowly and struggled in the final rounds and it really didn't look like the Okada that we know from the Japanese scene.
It seems the fighter can find positives however and described it as a good experience and a positive result. That would suggest that it wasn't all bad, and we are expecting to see a more focused and sharper Okada next time he fights on US soil.
At the moment it's unclear what Okada's next bout will be, though is now a feeling that a bout against Jose Carlos Ramirez would be too soon for Okada, given how good Ramirez looked in the main event on Friday's card in Fresno.
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Although he pulled out the win there is going to be serious question marks about how good Okada is. Was this an off night due to it being his US debut? Did Coria just put in a career best performance? Did Okada take his eye off the ball?
There was talk about Okada getting a world title fight next time out, but given this performance we suspect Top Rank will not want to push him into a bout at that level until he shows he belongs there. A performance like this simply didn't do that. Though it will be a platform for him to build off, and next time out we're expecting a much more polished display from the unbeaten man.
Later today we'll see Japanese Light Welterweight Hiroki Okada (18-0, 13) [岡田 博喜] make his US debut, as he faces off with Argentinian Cristian Rafael Coria (27-6-2, 11).
Last night the two men took part in their weigh in and both fighters successfully made the limit.
On the scales Okada was under the 140lbs allowed, coming in at 139.75lbs and looked good at the weight. He was taller than his foe, looked in good shape and seemed very relaxed for what could be a career changing bout.
Coria on the other hand was 140lbs dead on. He looked in good condition too, but looked a little bit fleshier than than Okada and a little bit older. At the age of 36 that shouldn't be much of a surprise but it does leave us wondering what he has in the tank, and whether his long and hard career will show here.
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On Friday we'll get the chance to see exciting unbeaten Japanese Light Welterweight Hiroki Okada (18-0, 13) [岡田 博喜] take on Cristian Rafael Coria (27-6-2, 11) in the US, on a Top Rank promoted card.
The Japanese fighter, who has signed a multi-fight multi-year deal with Top Rank is expected to be guided towards a world title fight in the years to come.
Knowing that Top Rank have big plans for Okada it should come as no surprise to learn that Okada is a clear betting favourite to over-come Coria. In fact Okada is near unbackable with the Polish betting website STS, who have priced Okada as a 1.01 favourite, which is 1/100 or -10000 depending on which formatting of odds you use.
Coria on the other hand is 11.0, which is 10/1 for our UK readers and +1000. He is being given no chance by the bookies, and if we're being honest a win for the Argentinian would be the biggest win of his career, by far.
As well as the "To Win" market there is also a "Total rounds" market available. This has been set at 8.5 rounds, with both the over and under being offered at odds of 1.8, which is the same as 4/5 or -125. This is much more interesting than the "To Win" market given that Coria has never been stopped but at 36 and with almost 200 rounds under his belt he may well get old in the ring with Okada. A very interesting market.
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