On February 17th Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall get the chance to see IBF #1 ranked Super Bantamweight Shingo Wake (19-4-2, 11) [和氣慎吾] battle against Indonesian visitor Waldo Sabu (7-2, 2) in what is supposed to be a stay busy fight for the talented Japanese fighter.
Recently Wake posted a blog entry about his preparation for the bout and stated that he had been sparring with former world title challenger Hisashi Amagasa (30-5-2, 20) [天笠 尚], who twice dropped Cuban sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux.
The spar is likely to have helped Wake prepare some tactics for Sabu, who is tall but not as tall as Amagasa, however it's more likely that the spar will have helped Wake get some ring time with a good fighter, capable of bring out something more Wake than some other sparring partners.
At the moment it's unclear when Amagasa will return to the ring but we are hoping that that news will come soon and that the former Japanese and OPBF Featherweight champion does have a major bout this year after a relatively underwhelming 2015.
(Image courtesy of Shing Wake's blog)
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