At the event both fighters came across as very confident.
Ken Shiro, the young challenger looking to claim a world title in his 10th bout, stated he wasn't nervous about facing Lopez, and that he would win the bout based on his boxing ability. He seemed like a man with a lot of self belief and as if he had been building towards this point since the very start of his professional career.
As for Lopez, who won the title in Japan last year, he seemed to feel like this bout was his chance to prove to Japanese fans that he could take a victory on their soil as a champion, as well as a challenger. He stated the title was going back to Mexico with him. There was a confidence to the champion, but not one tha bordered into arrogance, instead it was obvious that he was fully aware that Ken Shiro was a genuine threat.
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