Among the details revealed by Uchiyama was that his next bout, which is expected to be against Dominican fighter Javier Fortuna (29-0-1-1,21), will hopefully be in late April or early May. This time period is a particularly good one for Japanese fighters as it's during the "Golden Week", when a lot of Japanese people are off work and TV figures can be higher as a result. It also bodes well for fight fans in the US who have typically had big fights in early May to celebrate the Mexican festival of Cinco de Mayo.
As previously mentioned Uchiyama is wanting to travel to the US for the bout and today he furthered that notion by saying that he wants to do a US based mini-camp prior to the bout. The idea seems to be a chance to get used to US conditions ahead of the fight. Although he has fought abroad, as an amateur, Uchiyama has confessed that jetlag struck him a lot and it seems it was that that partially held him to fighting in Japan so far.
Although the intention is to travel to face Fortuna it seems Watanabe have got a contingency plan in place if Fortuna's team can't make a reasonable offer, it does however seem that talks are progressing excellently and that a deal will be agreed shortly.
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