Last week we reported that several Filipino sites had had been reporting that the IBF Super Flyweight bout between Jerwin Ancajas (30-1-2, 20) and mandatory challenger Ryuichi Funai (31-7, 22) [船井 龍一] was set for May 4th. Today that date was indeed confirmed, as the Funai camp took part in a press conference to announce the bout.
The press conference was held by Funai and Watanabe gym president Hitoshi Watanabe.
The fighter speak about being confidence, and that he had trained hard since earning a world title fight last year, when he won an eliminator.
Funai spoke about the champion being an aggressive fighter, and seemed to realise he was going to have to fight as the counter puncher, later adding "it was a dream to be a world champion and to play in the United States. I am excited.
With Ancajas being a southpaw a lot of focus was put on that issue at today's event, though Funai sounded pretty comfortable with southpaws, explaining "I am not particularly bad at it (fighting southpaws). The right straight is better than when I am with a right-handed player."
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Earlier today we were sent the official footage from CBC from the press conference earlier this year to announce the WBO Flyweight title bout between Kosei Tanaka (12-0, 7) [田中恒成] and former unified Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (27-3-2, 12) [田口良一]. Kindly CBC have also added some English subtitles, which can be access through youtube's closed caption option.
With this fight now just over a week away, we again would like to make sure everyone is aware that the bout will be streamed on Asianboxing.info in association with CBC, and the stream will be free for fight fans wanting to watch what may end up being one of the best bouts of 2019.
Earlier today the Nitta Gym held a press conference to announce the details of the IBF mandatory Flyweight title bout between South African world champion Moruti Mthalane (37-2, 25) and mandatory challenger Masayuki Kuroda (30-7-3, 16) [黒田 雅之].
The bout, was confirmed more than a week ago, but details weren't revealed until today's press conference.
Today's announcement confirmed that the bout would be taking place on May 13th at the Korakuen Hall, for what will be Kuroda's second shot at a world title, after having fought Juan Carlos Reveco for the WBA title years ago.
The press conference was a large one, including not only the fighter and his team but also people from the IBF and Hitoshi Watanabe, who is not only the chairmen of the Watanabe Gym but also a key play in Japanese boxing due to his roles within the Japanese set up.
A big part of the conference was around the hope that Kuroda could, or would if he wins, become the first world champion from a gym based in Kawasaki.
Speaking about the champion Kuroda stated "It is a good athlete who sticks solidly, carefully pouncing on the left, good balance of the body" [Translated] and explained that he was mentally weak when he fought Revecco, suggesting that he has improved mentally since that defeat.
One thing that wasn't mentioned was the broadcaster, or lack of, so hopefully that will be announced shortly.
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This coming weekend WBA "regular" Featherweight champion Jesus M Rojas (26-2-2-1, 19) will battle against Chinese challenger Can Xu (15-2, 2) [徐灿] in Houston. Yesterday the two men spoke at the press conference for their bout.
Xu, who sounded nervous as he spoke, had a translator to translate his Chinese comments. The translator informed the media that Xu had said “I’m very happy to be here in Houston. This is my second time fighting in the USA. It’s going to be my first time challenging the world title and I have confidence I can bring the world title back to China. I’m very excited for Saturday night.”
Rojas on the other hand spoke in Spanish with his translator translating his comments as “I’m greatly happy to be here and I’m anxious for the fight we have this Saturday. We’re a day from making weight and I’m anxious and I’m excited. It’s my first time here. I hope, Can Xu, Xu Can comes prepared to fight so we can give a great show, a real spectacle, to the fans of Texas."
The champion is widely favoured to retain his title, and he did seem a lot more confident than the Chinese challenger.
Related-Can Xu become the WBA "regular" Featherweight champion?
One complaint from Western fans about Japanese fights is that they don't speak the same language, limiting the appeal a Japanese fighter can have in the West. Yesterday however Takeshi Inoue (13-0-1, 7) [井上 岳志] impressed the media by speaking in English at a press conference that, saw him and WBO Light Middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (31-0, 26) go face to face.
The two men, who will fight this coming weekend, both seemed confident, with Inoue telling the press “I want to thank everyone who made this fight possible. I think Munguia is a great champion, and I look forward to a great fight on Saturday. I have come here to bring the WBO belt back to Japan.” The statement from Inoue did get a positive reception from the media and from the event promoter Oscar de la Hoya, who seemed surprised by Inoue making a statement in English.
The champion gave his comments in Spanish, with a translator translating his comments. He told the media, “We’re very happy to be here in Texas. It’s my first time in Texas and I feel at home here. They’ve received me very well. I want to tell people that we came here well-prepared and we’re in good condition. I want to tell Inoue that the title will not go to Japan, it will stay in Mexico and I will be champion for a while. And that's all. Expect a big fight Saturday night.”
Notably there was significant size difference between the two men, with Munguia having around 10cm of height advantage over Inoue.
Related - Inoue looks to upset WBO champion Munguia!
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