Sometimes sparring sessions can, on paper at least, seem better than some world title fights. Today some lucky folk got the chance to see one such sessions as OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Shingo Wake (17-4-2, 10) shared the ring with former OPBF and Japanese champion Bantamweight champion Ryosuke Iwasa (18-1, 11) as both men continue their preparations for major bouts in February.
The two men are no strangers to each other having been long term friends and were involved in a public exhibition last year at the Japanese fan event "Boxing Day" and their familiarity will also most certainly have helped both get straight to work in their session together.
Iwasa, who was pictured with Shohei Omori a week ago, appears to be going through a dream team of Japanese southpaw sparring partners in preparation for his upcoming bout with American Sergio Perales (24-2, 16) on February 18th at the Korakuen Hall. That bout is a major one for both men involved with the winner set to fight the unbeaten Randy Caballero (22-0, 13) later in the year for the IBF Bantamweight title and the opportunity to call themselves a world champion.
As for Wake the sparring will have helped him prepare for his 5th defence of the OPBF Super Bantamweight title which comes on February 27th as he takes on Filipino Jimmy Paypa (16-2-1, 6). Paypa is also a southpaw and sparring with Iwasa will help Wake get used to fighting foes with the southpaw stance ahead of his bout which many suspect will be his final OPBF title defence before he moves on to a world title bout later in the year, possibly against WBA "Super" and WBO champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (15-0, 10), yet another southpaw.
(Image courtesy of Shingo Wake's blog)
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