Yesterday, ahead of the bout, Tanaka took part in a public work out with former world champion Kiyoshi Hatanaka, the chairman of the Hatanaka gym and the manager of Tanaka, and gave some comments to the media.
At the work out Tanaka looked razor sharp, and like a man who had beedn working incredibly hard ahead of his first defense of his title. Despite working hard he also appeared incredibly confident, and it seems like he has built up his confidence following his win, at the end of last year, against Moises Fuentes. As a result he's looking at this bout as a chance to score a second successive win against a top fighter in a world title bout.
If he comes out on top against Acosta the plan seems to be to have Tanaka in a unification bout later in the year, against another Japanese world champion, and it's hard to bet against the excellent youngster from Aichi.
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