When we think of world class fighter we tend to think of determined training, lots of time in the ring and lots of time sparring. This week however saw Japanese veteran Hozumi Hasegawa (35-4, 14) do his first ever 12 round sparring session, at least according to the Japanese press.
"The of Ace of Japan" is one of the most skilled fighters on the planet and combines skills, speed and power though has shown some issues with durability. One thing we didn't question was how much sparring he had done in the past, so to find out that he hasn't typically done 12 round spars is certainly an interesting thing to learn.
With his career on the line Hasegawa had really amped up his training ahead of his fight with Kiko Martinez (30-4, 22) on April 23rd. A loss would likely be the end for Hasegawa however a victory would see him becoming just the second ever 3 weight world champion from Japan and would likely see him enhancing his already spectacular reputation as one of Japanese boxing's modern greats.
Talking about Hasegawa he has publicly wished Nobuo Nashiro all the best in his retirement and told fellow Bantamweight Kohei Oba to heal well and get some rest. Hasegawa has previously trained with both men and we're hoping to see both at ringside for Hasegawa's with Martinez.v
(Photo courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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