Today the champion took part in a press conference to talk about the bout, and his future hopes.
The youngster, along with his father and promoter Hisashi Teraji, stated that he has built his confidence against southpaws and it seemed clear that he was a lot more relaxed against Lopez than he was in their first meeting, last May. He seems to now fully understand how much of a weapon the right hand is against a southpaw and how to make the most of it, as he showed against Lopez.
The plan for the rest of 2018 is to fit in 2 more defenses and potentially unify titles. He next bout isn't set, but it does seem likely to come in the fall, fitting in with the typical cycle that Japanese boxing has, and given his growing links to Fuji TV it's almost certain that they will show case him, even if they will be frustrated at the scheduling issues his early win over Lopez caused, which forced Fuji to fill time before going on to the co-feature bout.
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