Next weekend we'll see Japanese star Hozumi Hasegawa (35-5, 15) [長谷川 穂積] return to the ring to face off against WBC Super Bantamweight champion Hugo Ruiz (36-3, 32). Today, a week away from that fight, Ruiz took part in a public practice session and spent time talking to the media.
The champion, who will be making his first defense, seemed both confident and respectful and it's clear that he's a fighter who has a bright future ahead of him, both in and out of the ring.
The fighter stated that he had been training at altitude and seemed to suggest that that training not only helped improve his stamina but that he also feels quicker and powerful than he had in the past. In fact it seems like he's in the best condition of his career with his best training camp so far.
Whilst confident he also seems to remember what happened in December 2012, when he lost a very close decision to the then WBA Bantamweight champion Koki Kameda. That loss has seeming motivated the champion to not allow this bout to be close, and he's looking like a fighter determined to win this one clearly.
It's worth noting that whilst Ruiz is confident he's also respectful and spoke in glowing terms about Hasegawa, who he regards as a very clever fighter. Whilst Hasegawa isn't the fighter he once was he is still a smart fighter and will look to take advantage of any holes he spots in Ruiz. The Mexican however seems to be aware of that and has been working on his own counters.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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