The opening sessions saw Gonzalez spending time on the mitts and sparring with Japanese Flyweight champion Suguru Muranaka (21-2-1, 7), who recently recorded the second defense of his title with a stoppage against Yusuke Sakashita. Muranaka is a world ranked fighter himself though seemed amazed by just how good Gonzalez was with the Nicaraguan impressing with his heavy shots, speed and all-round ability. Gonzalez was so impressive that the Japanese media have quoted Muranaka as calling him an "animal".
As well the opening training Gonzalez was also asked about his future and there was some hints that a bout between the Nicaraguan fighter and Japanese wunderkind Naoya Inoue (7-0, 6) could take place next year. From what we understand however Gonzalez seemed to indicate that he doesn't believe Inoue is ready yet for the fight due to his lack of experience, a fair assessment from the Nicaraguan fighter who is, in our eyes anyway, one of the truly elite fighters pound-for-pound on the planet.
Gonzalez's first defense of the Flyweight title comes on November 22nd as he battles against experienced Filipino Rocky Fuentes (35-7-2, 20). For Gonzalez this will see him defending the title he won earlier this year when he stopped Akira Yaegashi in one of the most impressive displays of the year by any fighter. As for Fuentes this will be hist first bout since suffering a decision loss in Thailand to Amnat Ruenroeng in a battle for the IBF Flyweight title.
(Image of Gonzalez, posing with a sword, courtesy of boxingnews.jp)