On October 22nd WBC Light Flyweight champion Ken Shiro (10-0, 5) [拳 四朗] will nake his first defense of the title, as he takes on former champion Pedro Guevara (30-2-1, 17).
Today, ahead of that bout, the champion took part in a public work out and a press conference.
At the press conference part of the event Ken Shiro spoke about his development since turning professional and about the time he has spent training for this bout, which included some time in the US sparring with some top Mexican amateur fighters, and back at home with Japanese Flyweight champion Masayuki Kuroda (27-7-3, 15) [黒田 雅之].
At the work out Ken Shiro spent time sparring with former Japanese Light Flyweight champion Kenichi Horikawa (33-15-1, 7) [堀川 謙一], with the two sparring for 2 rounds. The champion looked sharp and confident and it seems like he has prepared well for Guevara, despite the bout being viewed as a very hard first defense. There is clearly work still to be done, but he looked in good shape for the bout and seemingly views Guevara as a more simple foe than Ganigan Lopez, who he beat for the title back in May, given that Lopez was a southpaw.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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