Today, a few days ahead of the bout, Concepcion took part in his public work out, which was less of a work out and more of a chance to speak to the media.
Concepcion had actually done a full work out earlier in the day so only did a couple of rounds of shadow boxing for the media who had gathered. However he did spend a lot of time talking to those who had come to see him and seemed confident, proud and almost joyous.
The fighter stated that he was happy to be in Japan, and seemed to suggest that the opportunity was opening up new avenues to him. He mentioned he and his team had been analysing Kono and have targeted a late stoppage as they believe Kono gets sloppy later in fights and drops his hand whilst also struggling with footwork in the later stages of a bout.
The team of Concepcion also features a very confident trainer who was in charge of the training of fellow Panamanian Jezreel Corrales, who shocked the boxing world earlier this year when he blitzed Kono's stablemate Takashi Uchiyama. The trainer is looking to complete the double and seemed very assured that they had got Concepcion into perfect condition for the bout.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)