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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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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A couple of weeks ago we saw Tomoki Kameda (36-2, 20) [亀田和毅] become the new WBC "interim" WBC Super Bantamweight champion, following a unanimous decision win over over-come Abigail "bebe" Medina (19-4-2, 10).
Today the Japanese fighter took part in a press conference before resuming training for the first time since that win. At the press conference he seemed to be looking forward, towards his future and potentially his next professional bout.
The focus for Kameda, at the moment, is to face off with the WBC's regular champion Rey Vargas (32-0, 22), who actually beat Tomoki in the amateurs. That seems to be the bout he's wanting the most however it was revealed today that that bout may not take place as Vargas is looking to face WBA champion Daniel Roman (26-2-1, 10), in what could end up being a unification bout. At today's press conference there was the suggestion that the WBC may not allow Vargas and Roman to fight, and would strip Vargas if he took part in that bout with first facing Kameda.
If the WBC do indeed choose to strip Vargas and promote Kameda he and his team mentioned the potentially of defending the title against a Japanese challenger in the new year. That could mean a potential bout with several domestic fighters, including both Shingo Wake (25-5-2, 17) [和氣 慎吾] and Ryosuke Iwasa (25-3, 16) [岩佐 亮佑], who looking for big fights in the new year. If Kameda does face a Japanese fighter it would be his first bout against a countryman since May 2009, when he defeated Tatsuhiro Kumobayashi with a 4th round TKO.
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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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