Earlier today it was reported that Ito had been spending time in the ring sparring with WBA "regular" Lightweight champion Darleys Perez (32-1, 20), who is himself preparing to defend his title on July 18th against Britain's Anthony Crolla.
For Ito the opportunity to win the title is a great one and one that he really should be seen as the favourite in, despite losing last time out to the promising Rikki Naito in a very hotly contested bout between two very young and talented fighters. That loss to Naito was the first loss of Ito's career though many at ringside, and watching on TV, seemed to feel that it was a bout that could have gone either way.
Although Ito will be the favourite he'll know that his career depends on a good performance and that Iwai comes into the bout on a great run of 8 straight wins. A win for either either man would put them in the running for a possible world title fight at some point in the near future whilst the loser will really force them to rebuild. With that in mind it seems clear that Ito is going all out for this training camp, and we're hoping to see the improvements against Iwai.
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