Former Japanese wold champion Celes Kobayashi recently posted a blog entry regarding his fighter Ryosuke Iwasa (19-1, 12) and his preparations for the upcoming IBF "interim" Bantamweight title fight.
The post on Mr Kobayashi's blog stated that Iwasa had completed a 10 round sparring session with his 2 Filipino partners, with each each of the partners taking it in turns to fight 5 rounds with Iwasa. From what we understand the session went well for Iwasa who finished it feeling "good".
We are now less than a month away from Iwasa's bout, against Lee Haskins (31-3, 13) in Bristol, and whilst Iwasa is stepping up his training it seems clear his team are trying to prevent him from peaking too soon and that's part of why they haven't yet got him sparring 12 rounds, though that is expected to come shortly.
For Iwasa the next few weeks are going to be busy. First is his scheduled public training session, then there's the journey over to the UK, where he will fight Haskins, then there's the final bits of training before he gets in the ring with the Englishman. Despite the busy scheduled the Japanese fighter and his team do appear to be confident in regards to the upcoming bout, which is easily the most important of his career. They seem to know that a win will potentially be career changing and are will be leaving no stone untouched over the next few weeks.
More information emerges about Ryosuke Iwasa's preparations for Lee Haskins fight
Ryosuke Iwasa sparring with Filipino pair ahead of "world" title bout with Lee Haskins
(Image courtesy of Celes Kobayashi's blog)
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