The 19 year old Japanese sensation sparred 5 rounds with two Filipino partners whilst working on both his outside and inside fighting. It seems clear from the session that Tanaka is wanting to work on both parts of his game ahead of his WBO Minimumweight world title bout at the end of May against Julian Yedras (24-1, 13) and that he knows he'll need to be able to hold his own on the inside with the Mexican.
Tanaka's team have said they are planning to get 100-130 rounds of sparring between now and fight time and it's fair to say that he'll continue to work on the gameplan that he'll be using to over-come Yedras. If he beats Yedras, as expected, he'll set a new Japanese "speed record" for fewest fights to become a world champion, beating the current record held by Naoya Inoue.
From what we understand the Filipino fighters were Super Flyweight contender Raymond Tabugon (16-3-1, 6) and former world title challenger Jeffrey Galero (11-1, 5), best known for coming up short against Wanheng Menayothin earlier this year.
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