Today Ogawa, along with a home-made mini-version of the IBF title, set off for the US and the final stages of his preparations for the bout.
The fighter took a flight from Narita airport and seemed confident as he was leaving his homeland, for his bout on foreign soil and his first world title bout. If he wins he will add to the long line of champions that Teiken have had, and will likely use the experience of Teiken stablemates to help him here.
Staying with Teiken news it's been revealed that Yasutaka Ishimoto (31-9, 9) [石本康隆] will not compete in the 2018 Champion Carnival. The always fun to watch Super Bantamweight earned the right to challenger for the Japanese title in 2018 by winning a title eliminator in November, but sadly suffered a fractured orbital in that bout. Instead we'll see Ryo Kosaka (15-3-1, 7) [小坂遼] challenging champion Yusaka Kuga (15-2-1, 10) [久我勇作] in Spring next year.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)