The fighter, who was taking part in annual shrine visit, stated that he wasn't feeling an degradation in his abilities and that he had felt good in sparring recently. Due to feeling so sharp Hasegawa has set his target on fighting a world ranked foe when he makes his scheduled return in May. At the moment however no specific opponent has been selected and we suspect that we'll be looking at a lower ranked foe for Hasegawa.
Prior to his return to the ring Hasegawa will take part in an Okinawa based training camp which begins later this month. We have to assume that that camp will help him decide on a future opponent.
Last time we saw Hasegawa in the ring was his loss to the then IBF Super Bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez. In that bout Hasegawa showed glimpses of his ability early on but failed to withstand the assault of Martinez who broke him down in the middle rounds.
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