Back in July a number of top Japanese amateurs spent a day training with the professionals at the Ioka Gym. That was regarded as a great day of training and sparring for both the amateurs and the professionals and it was hoped that it would lead to similar sessions happening on a regular basis.
Less than a month after the Ioka Gym pro-am session we've managed to see another pro-am training session. This time it wasn't a particular gym training with the amateur but instead it involved WBC Super Featherweight world champion Takashi Miura and OPBF Bantamweight champion Ryosuke Iwasa, both of whom are preparing for bouts later this year.
From the amateur side of things the session involved Olympic bronze medal winner Satoshi Shimizu and promising youngster Kenji Fujita.
The sessions saw Fujita sparring with Iwasa. The two men, pictured above, sparred for 3 rounds with Fujita showing a busy and fast handed attack whilst Iwasa resorted, on the whole, to counters in what was said to have been a very mutually successful spar.
In the other session Shimizu and Miura, pictured right, tried to make the most of their skills. From Miura that involved heavy and intense pressure whilst Shimizu made the most of the notable size advantage peppering Miura with shots from range. The session another that will have helped both men though it did seem to suggest that Miura may struggle with a rangy and fast boxer. Sparring however doesn't really tell us the whole story and it would seem clear in a real fight that Miura would over-come the height issues and close the distance on the naturally lighter Shimizu.
(Images courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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