On Friday we'll get the chance to see the US debut of unbeaten Japanese Light Welterweight Hiroki Okada (18-0, 13) [岡田 博喜], who will be facing off with veteran Cristian Rafael Coria (27-6-2, 11).
The bout will give Okada a chance to impress a US audience and help him build towards a potential world title fight, with the winner of the WBC world title fight, between Jose Ramirez vs Antonio Orozco bout said to be in his sights for the near future.
Recently he took part in a small work out and looked good whilst putting final touches to his preparation for the Coria bout. He looked sharp and focused, despite also being quite relaxed, a benefit of travelling with a host of gym mates from the Kadoebi Houseki boxing gym including Yukinori Oguni, Akinori Watanabe and Valentine Hosokawa.
The weigh in for Okada Vs Coria bout will take place tomorrow and from what we under-stand Okada has been singled as the replacement opponent if Orozco fails to make the 140lb limit to face Ramirez, something he did a year ago forcing the cancellation of bout between himself and Robert Ortiz.
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Next week we'll see unbeaten Japanese fighter Hiroki Okada (18-0, 13) [岡田 博喜] make his US debut as he shares the ring against Cristian Rafael Coria (27-6-2, 11). Today Okada left Japan, travelling for the US and his possibly career defining bout with Coria in California.
The Kadoebi Houseki gym fighter, who is now promoted Top Rank, set off from the Tokyo International Airport, aka Haneda airport, earlier today.
Before leaving for the US Okada stated that he wanted to have a fight that would make people remember his name, but his minimum requirement was to win. It's clear that he knows this is a huge opportunity and that if he can come out on top he can essentially open the doors to major fights very quickly.
The press were also informed that Okada didn't manage to see too much footage of Coria so instead of focusing his training on his opponent he focused on his own stamina, sparring over 100 rounds in preparation for the bout and doing so with a reduced rest period.
The travel over to the US has seen Okada take a pretty sizable team, including former world champion Yukinori Oguni, current Japanese "interim" Light Middleweight champion Akinori Watanabe and Japanese Light Welterweight champion Valentine Hosokawa, who maybe a very busy man as he seems to be the designated translator for the visit, given he speaks both English and Japanese.
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On September 14th we'll see unbeaten Japanese Light Welterweight hopeful Hiroki Okada (18-0, 13) [岡田 博喜] make his US debut, as he takes on 35 year old Argentinian Cristian Rafael Coria (27-6-2, 11) in Fresno, California.
The bout begins Okada's promotional deal with Top Rank Promotions, which are set to promote 3 of his fights over the course of the next year and could potentially set Okada up for a series of big fights.
Today Okada took part in a small work out for some of the Japanese press, in which he tried the same type of Everlast gloves he'll be wearing against Coria, and he seemed to be immediately comfortable with them. Apparently it was the first time he'd tried the gloves and described them as being small, easy and made of a good material.
It was revealed today that there are some worries on Okada's mind and he didn't sound like he was too comfortable making weight, but that seemed more like being unsure on what services he'd have available in the US to help him, rather than problems with the limit. He also stated that he had been living with his parents recently to try and sort out his sleep.
The Japanese fighter will leave for the US later this week, and will put finishing touches to his preparation next week before his fight with Coria a week on Friday.
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Earlier today Japanese fight fans had the chance to see a short cameo from world ranked Light Welterweight hopeful Hiroki Okada (18-0, 13) [岡田 博喜], who made very light work of Filipino foe Ciso Morales (19-7-1, 12), who suffered his 4th opening round defeat.
The talented Okada went on the chase early in the bout and landed a hard right hard after about 2 and a half minutes, which dropped Morales for the 10 count with an official time of 2 minutes 40. Prior to the stoppage there had been little connected from the Filipino, who looked out of his depth from very early on.
After the bout Okada seemed to apologise for the bout being so short with the fighter admitting he had planned to go longer in to the bout.
The plan now is for Okada to attend the upcoming IBF general meeting and try to get himself an eliminator. He did however seem to suggest that whilst that was the plan he wasn't against fighting for any version of a world title that's notable as he his highly ranked by all 4 title bodies, and has got options out there with the WBA, WBC and WBO.
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