The training session saw the champion sparring a number of rounds with various members of the established amateur team as he continued to work towards his upcoming world title defense with Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (27-3-1, 15) on April 22nd. He has seen some of the sparring partners trying to mimic Sakkreerin Jr and fight in a way that is similar to the challenger, who is well known by Japanese fans for his win over Ryo Miyazaki back in 2013.
Although that bout is widely viewed as a mismatch it is a very significant bout for the Japanese fighter who knows it is the next hurdle before he gets to move towards a mega-showdown with WBA champion Hekkie Budler (28-1, 9), in a bout that is said to have been penciled for November.
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