Today, ahead of that bout, Iwasa and his team left for the US with the hope being that Iwasa will fair better than he did last time he fought on the road, when he was stopped in an IBF "interim" Bantamweight title fight by Englishman Lee Haskins.
Although not giving himself a lot of time to acclimatise to the conditions it does seem like Iwasa, and his team, are confident of picking up a win here and moving onto a 2017 world title bout, potentially with the winner of the December 31st bout between Japanese fighter Yukinori Oguni (18-1-1, 7) [小國 以載]and IBF world champion Jonathan Guzman (22-0-0-1, 22). Iwasa, who is a friend of Oguni, has admitted to having mixed emotions about the December 31st bout, not wanting to fight his friend but also not wanting Oguni to lose. It seems like a win over Rosa will leave "Eagle Eye" as a very interested part come December 31st.
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