Today, ahead of that bout, Tanaka took part in a public training session along with Puerto Rican fighter Waldemar Pagan (7-1, 6), a big punching Flyweight.
The two fighters sparred several rounds together with Tanaka genuinely impressing and even admitting that he's becoming better than he thought he would with the move to Light Flyweight seemingly doing his body the world of good, after serious problems making 105lbs at the end of 2015.
Although the bout with Fuentes is less than 3 weeks away Tanaka admitted he was at 60% and that he was really well prepared in regards to his weight, with proper guidance helping him making 108lbs. It stills seems there is some way to go to be ready for Fuentes but on today's training session the 21 year old looked fantastic and it's clear that he's eager to become the second Japanese fighter to become a world champion after 8 fights, tying the Japanese national record of Naoya Inoue.
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