On December 30th we'll see Panama's Gilberto Pedroza (18-3-2, 8) challenger WBC Light Flyweight champion Ken Shiro (11-0, 5) [拳 四朗], in what will be the champion's second defense ad the challenger's first bout at world level.
Today, ahead of that bout, Pedroza took part in a public work out, foregoing some of the festive treats we've ben having to help prepare for the biggest fight of his professional career.
The challenger spoke about his roots, and went into detail about the fact he was from the jungle areas of Panama, where guerrilla warfare is common, along with drugs and gun battles. He seems torealise that boxing has helped get him out of that type of a life, and it was boxing that has helped him out of things like a life time of poverty. That desire to improve his life also saw him seem determind to become a world champion.
Not only was there desire but there was also serious confidence with Pedroza going as far as to say that after he wins the WBC title he wuill challenge Ryoichi Taguchi, the WBA champion, who he regards as the best in the division.
Despite the opening with the press the actual training part of today's work out was quite limited with light mitt work being the key. He looked aggressive, moved well with fast footwork, and seemed like the sort of fighter who has travelled to really take it to the champion from the opening bell.
Ken Shiro's trainer and father Hisashi Teraji seemed to suggest that they were going to work on a strategy after seeing Pedroza's work out today.
Related-WBC champion Ken Shiro battles Pedroza!
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
News! We try and give you the most interesting news stories from the Asian boxing world!