Today, ahead of that bout, Taguchi took part in a public work out for the bout.
The defending champion stated that he is close to 100% for the match up and was in great condition for the bout, clearly having been pushed hard by training Yuta Ishihara. Not only was he in great condition but he was also well prepared for Barrera to fight as a southpaw, something he has done in the past whilst fighting as a switch hitter, having sparred with stablemate Masataka Taniguchi (7-1, 5) [谷口 将隆]. In fact it was Taniguchi who sparred with Taguchi at today's work out.
Taguchi's gameplan seems to be based around applying intelligent pressure on Barrera, and it's obvious that he's looking to impress, with the news that WBO champion Kosei Tanaka (9-0, 5) [田中恒成] will be ringside for guest commentary. The story we've been told is that a deal has been made for the two to fight in a unification at the end of 2017, if Taguchi gets passed Barrera on Sunday.
Taguchi takes on mandatory challenger Barrera!
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