Earlier today Japanese fighter Hidenori Otake (22-1-3, 9) arrived in the UK ahead of his upcoming world title bout with WBA Super Bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (29-0-2, 20) this coming Saturday. The Japanese fighter, fighting in his first overseas bout, arrived with his trainer Kenji Kaneko and will be joined later this week by other members of the Kaneko boxing gym.
From Mr Kaneko's blog they arrived in England at 5PM and are staying at a hotel just across from the Echo arena allowing the fighter and his trainer to see the venue from their accommodation.
Not only is this Otake's first bout outside of Japan but it's also his first 12 round bout and it appears to be a huge step up in class for the former Japanese national champion who has never fought anyone near the level of Quigg before.
We'll admit we do wonder if the preparation time in the UK will be enough for Otake to full adapt to things like jetlag and the dramatic change in culture from Japan to the UK though we wish him the best ahead of the fight this coming Friday. Sadly however we do believe it's a very tough ask for the former Japanese national champion who has been viewed as a major betting under-dog since the bout was announced at the end of October.
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