Earlier today fight fans in Japan had the chance to see former WBO Minimumweight champion Kosei Tanaka (6-0, 3) [田中恒成] take part in a public training session, ahead of his May 28th bout with worid ranked Filipino fighter Rene Patilano (15-1-2, 7).
The bout, Tanaka's first since vacating the 105lb title, will be his first as a fully fledged Light Flyweight and it seems like the move up in weight has been an over-due one with the fighter himself suggesting that making 105lbs was taking a lot out of his body.
At the work out Tanaka sparred with former world title challenger Jether Oliva (23-5-2, 11), who is himself preparing for a bout in July against Muhammad Waseem (3-0, 3), and showed off his speed whilst both shadow boxing and working the pads with former world champion Keitaro Hosnino [星野敬太郎].
At the work out Tanaka looked genuinely fantastic, showing speed, energy and a skills, as well a more filled out frame, one that no longer looks like he is draining down to make an unnaturally small weight.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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