Earlier today at the Koguchi gym the press got the chance to see Japanese Super Bantamweight Shingo Wake (17-4-2, 10) take part in a public training session ahead of his upcoming OPBF title defense against Filipino challenger Jimmy Paypa (16-2-1, 6).
In regards to the training the session saw Wake hitting the mitts with his trainer, and looking very sharp, and sparring 5 rounds with Kyoei promoters Kenta Takahashi.
Although the training was nothing out of the ordinary it was interesting to hear Wake again talk about prospective world title fights and it's clear his intention is to get a fight with Cuban sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux (15-0, 10), the current WBO and WBA "super" champion at Super Bantamweight. The bout was mooted at the end of last year before a TV wrangle saw Wake needing to drop his plans, however he has clearly got his long term focus on getting that contest later this year.
Of course at the moment Paypa is Wake's #1 focus and we suspect we'll see a very motivated champion on February 27th as he attempts to record the 5th defense of his OPBF title.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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