Otake, dressed in black, travels to the UK in a few days time ahead of a WBA Super Bantamweight world title fight against unbeaten Brit Scott Quigg (29-0-2, 22), arranged fro November 22nd. Prior to the world title fight being organised he had vacated the Japanese national title stating the he was focusing on getting a world title fight. Within days of Otake handing back the Japanese title it was announced that Ishimoto would be getting a shot at the national title, though he would have to face former OPBF champion Yukinori Oguni (13-1, 4), with that bout now set for December 6th.
According to Teiken the sparring lasted 6 rounds with both men getting a very good work out ahead of career changing bouts.
Interestingly we suspect some of the encouragement that Ishimoto was giving to Otake revolved around his trips to Macau, a country he has fought twice in and has a 1-1 record in. To date Otake has never had a professional bout outside of Japan and any advice about fights on foreign soil will be helpful.
For Ishimoto we believe that the sparring was just high quality sparring against a former champion.
(Images courtesy of Teiken.com)