One of those men was the heavy handed Javier Prieto (24-7-2, 18), who will be fighting for the WBC Lightweight title against Jorge Linares (37-3, 24). Prieto may be a relative unknown to many though he seemed highly confident at his training session and seemed like he was strongly favoring himself to knockout Linares, with his power clearly being his calling card. Although he was confident he was also happy and admitted that he had dreamed of fighting in Japan and that this would be a special fight for him.
The other of the Mexican fighters on show was promising Light Flyweight Pedro Guevara (23-1-1, 15), who will be fighting Akira Yaegashi (20-4, 10) for the WBC Light Flyweight title. Like Prieto it seems that Guevara was confident of winning and also showed a really personable side to himself opening up about his personal life and his dreams. Although confident of a win Guevara sounded like he knew that his bout wouldn't be easy and that this could be a war.
Both fights will take place on December 30th at the Metropolitan Gym and are part of the brilliant Ohashi card that has fans worldwide excited. We suspect the Yaegashi Vs Guevara bout could well be the show stealing contest.
(Image of Prieto and Guevara courtesy of boxingnews.jp)