Yesterday some Japanese fans had a little treat as future world title challenger Keita Obara (15-1-1, 14) [小原 佳太] took part in a public spar with stablemate Koichi Aso (20-6-1, 13) [麻生 興一].
The spar, which was enjoyed by fans and the media, saw both men putting in some preparation work for upcoming fights with Obara set to fight Petchdam Tor Buamas (0-1) on April 14th at the Korakuen Hall and Aso set to fight Japanese 140lb champion Hiroki Okada (11-0, 9) [岡田 博喜] on April 19th.
For Aso his upcoming bout is a chance to finally become a Japanese champion and to avenge one of his 6 defeats. He's viewed as a very under-dog and managed to give Okada hell in a meeting between the two men back in 2014. Whilst he's a better fighter than he was, it's also fair to say that Okada has improved since their first meeting.
As for Obara his upcoming bout is a stay busy bout before an IBF world title bout in the summer. Between now and Obara's world title bout he's expected to travel to the US for a training camp, much like he had last year.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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