The training part of the session was less than newsworthy with Kwanthai working up a sweat and looking sharp on the pads, as one would expect, but his comments to the media were much more noteworthy.
The Thai said he was less nervous for this fight than he was for his last world title challenge, which ended in a stoppage loss to Kazuto Ioka. He mentioned that he was nervous then because it was his first bout in Japan however he'll be using the experience of that loss to help him here. More notable however was his confidence suggesting that not only would he win but that he would stop Taguchi, a man who managed to go 10 rounds with the destructive Naoya Inoue.
This bout will be the first defense for Taguchi, who won the title on New Year's Eve when he beat Alberto Rossel, and coming in he seems to be the clear favourite. A win for Kwanthai, despite his confidence, does seem unlikely but no one can fault the experience Thai for sounding the way he does.
Ryoichi Taguchi makes first defense against Thai veteran Kwanthai
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)