We are now just over 2 weeks away from the December 30th card from Fuji TV. A card featuring a bout between Takuma Inoue (12-0, 3) [井上 拓真] and unbeaten Thai Petch Sor Chitpattana (48-0, 33) [เพชร ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท], who are fighting for the WBC interim Bantamweight title.
Today, in preparation for that bout the unbeaten Inoue took part in a public spar with former world title challenger Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾], who has followed Ryosuke Iwasa (25-3, 16) [岩佐 亮佑] as a world class southpaw sparring partner for Inoue.
Today's sparring session was 4 rounds for selected press, who stated that Inoue looked like he had really taken to sparring with southpaws and had worked on his right uppercut as a key weapon to over-come pressure from the southpaw stance.
At the moment Inoue's biggest worry seems to be about his physical conditioning, and avoiding getting ill. He does however seem to be in great shape, both mentally and physically, and looks to be developing a lot from sparring really top level southpaws, like Iwasa and Wake.
For Wake this sparring will have also helped him, given he has a fight of his own in January and he'll be looking to get fighting fit for that contest, which headlines the first Dynamic Glove card of the near year.
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On December 30th we'll see Takuma Inoue (12-0, 3) [井上 拓真] face off with unbeaten Thai Petch Sor Chitpattana (48-0, 33) [เพชร ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] on December 30th.
We've now been informed that the bout will be televised live in Thailand, with the bout being shown on Channel 7 at 5PM local time.
Interestingly this wasn't the only news to come from Thailand about the contest today.
Sources in Thailand are reporting that both the team of Petch and Ohashi are attempting to get the WBC to change the status of the bout, from the WBC "interim" Bantamweight title to the WBC "regular" title.
According to the sources the both teams are looking to get the WBC to change status of the title due to the repeated delays of the match up between Rau'shee Warren (16-2-0-1, 4) and Nordine Oubaali (14-0, 11), which won't take place until January 19th after having been delayed.
At the moment it's unclear whether the teams will manage to convince the WBC to switch the titles, but there is clear pressure on the WBC to act, after having had the title essentially on ice since March, when it was stripped from Luis Nery for failing to make weight.
Earlier this week we reported that Takuma Inoue (12-0, 3) [井上 拓真] was sparring with former IBF Super Bantamweight champion Ryosuke Iwasa (25-3, 16) [岩佐 亮佑], to prepare to take on unbeaten Thai Petch Sor Chitpattana (48-0, 33) [เพชร ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] on December 30th.
That sparring has continued through the rest of the week, with it ending today. Iwasa spoke highly of Inoue after today's sparring session and it's that both have gained a lot from the sessions together.
Despite Iwasa's time with Inoue ending today Inoue's sparring isn't close to over and today it was revealed that he would begin sparring with Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾] in December as he looks to continuing preparing for Petch.
The focus appears to be not only on preparing to face the unbeaten Thai but also on his general health and condition. He revealed today that he was doing what he could to avoid catching a cold so close to the biggest fight of his career, and it seems likely that that's a genuine worry for the younger of the two Inoue brothers.
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On December 30th we'll see Takuma Inoue (12-0, 3) [井上 拓真] face off with unbeaten Thai Petch Sor Chitpattana (48-0, 33) [เพชร ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] for the WBC "interim" Bantamweight title. The match up, which is part of a Fuji TV triple header, will see the winner becoming the mandatory for the full WBC title in the new year and will see them opening up big opportunities.
Yesterday Japanese papers were able to observe a 4 round sparring session between Inoue and former IBF Super Bantamweight champion Ryosuke Iwasa (25-3, 16) [岩佐 亮佑], who has been sparring with Inoue since Wednesday.
The sparring is to help Inoue adapt to to the southpaw stance, with both Iwasa and Petch being southpaws. It's also actually being used for Iwasa to get back into fighting shape, as he plans his ring return, which is now expected for next year.
Iwasa, who lost the IBF title to TJ Doheny earlier this year, was originally expected to retire following the loss to Iwasa but announced that he would be going forward with his career in September. There has since been reports that his return will be a world title eliminator, against Cesar Juarez (23-6, 17), though at the moment nothing seems to have been fully agreed on.
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Earlier today the Inoue clan began their latest tough training camp in Atami ahead of key fight in the months.
The camp is primarily to prepare Takuma Inoue (12-0, 3) [井上 拓真] for his December 30th contest against unbeaten Thai Petch Sor Chitpattana (48-0, 33) [เพชร ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] for the WBC "interim" Bantamweight title.
Whilst Takuma is the focus of the camp , it also includes WBA "Regular" Bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15) [井上 尚弥], who is expected back in the ring in Spring for his WBSS Semi-final against Emmanuel Rodriguez (19-0, 12) and Koki Inoue (12-0, 10) [浩樹井上], who will get a Japanese title fight in early 2019.
The camp has seen them doing general fitness work, including runs and beach dashes, with the camp expected to be a tough one to help them men all get into great physical condition as we head towards the end of the year.
After the camp has ended Takuma will return to full scale practice, and will begin to really focus on preparing for Petch, and his style. To do that he has asked to spar with former IBF Super Bantamweight champion Ryosuke Iwasa (25-3, 16) [岩佐 亮佑], to get experience of being in the ring with a long, rangy southpaw.
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