Today Kimura took part in a press conference to help hype up the bout and talk about how he sees the contest, and what is driving him on with his career.
The fighter admitted that the big driving factor is how mother, who passed away at the 44. The fighter stated that he is determined to take the title to his mother's grave, as he did with the WBO Asia Pacific title when he won that last year. It's clear that this is a personal mission for him and something that really is a driving factor with his career going forward.
As for the actual fight Kimura seemed to suggest that he was hoping for fairness when he gets in the ring, and isn't going to be bothered by the likely boos from the Chinese fans. In fact it seems like those boos will be another driving factor for the Japanese fighter, who thanked everyone involved in making the bout, and the fighters he has been training with in Thailand ahead of this bout.
He, and his team, knoiw he will be the under-dog in China but there is real belief from both Kimura and his trainer, who also attended the press conference, along with WBO official Leon Panoncillo, who is seen in the photo sat next to Kimura.
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