Those fighters are youngster Shohei Omori (13-0, 8) and the world class Ryosuke Iwasa (18-1, 11) who were photographed training together a week ago today.
The 25 year old Iwasa, dubbed "Eagle Eye", is preparing for the biggest fight of his professional career as he goes up against American fighter Sergio Perales (24-2, 16) in an IBF Bantamweight world title eliminator on February 18th and it's clear that sparring with top fighters, like Omori, will do him the world of good in terms of sharpening his tools. The talented Iwasa, who vacated the OPBF Bantamweight title recently, will know that he is only 1 win from a world title fight and possibly only a few months away from being a world champion and it's fair to say he will want all the best sparring he can get, especially with southpaws which is where Omori will have fit in.
As for the 21 year old Omori he too has a major bout coming up as he returns to the ring on April 13th to battle against Japanese Bantamweight champion Kentaro Masuda (21-6, 11). For Omori the sparring would and training would have helped him immeasurably though the session would also have served a second, more telling, purpose. For Omori the key to the session will have been about fomulating a gameplan and learning about what to expect of Masuda, who has previously fought Iwasa, with Iwasa scoring a 7th round TKO victory over Masuda back in 2012. It's fair to say that any tips and advice Iwasa could pass on could turn out to be pivotal ahead of this key bout for the youngster.
(Image courtesy of Ryosuke Iwasa's blog)