One of the great things about the top Japanese fighters in the lower weight classes is that they get top quality sparring time and time again. One recent example relates to a Japanese champion, and current world ranked fighter, sparring with an OPBF champion, who is also world ranked.
This particular sparring session saw Japanese Bantamweight champion Kentaro Masuda (21-6, 11) sparring with OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Shingo Wake (18-4-2, 11).
The spar was revealed on the blog accounts of both men, though full details of the session weren't divulged other than that it appears to have been a very positive spar for both men.
For Masuda this level of sparring is key as he continues to prepare for his upcoming defense against Shohei Omori (13-0, 8) on April 13th. This spar in particular will have been hugely helpful for Masuda with both Wake and Omori being tall boxer-movers who fight from the southpaw stance. Omori and Wake are both 5'8", both are sharp and accurate punchers who are very effective on the back foot and are intelligent movers.
For Wake it was a return to the gym after a short break. His next bout isn't set yet though we do believe that there are talks on going about getting him a world title fight in the summer. The big question however will be regarding which champion Wake will be fighting against.
(Image courtesy of Kentaro Masuda's blog)
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