It's fair to say that 2016 has been really slow to get going, however just because we haven't had mnay big bouts yet it doesn't meant there isn't a lot going on behind the scenes, with promoters working on bouts and with fighters working in the gym.
Two fighters who are certainly working towards big things this year are world ranked Minimumweights Go Odaira (12-4-3, 1) [大平 剛] and Takumi Sakae (13-0, 8) [榮 拓海].
The two men, who were sparring together earlier today, are both planning to have a huge year. For Odaira the plan is to have a second world title fight, trying to put his 2014 loss to Katsunari Takayama behind him and claim a title at the top tier of the sport. For Sakae however the aim is a little bit lower, with either a Japanese or OPBF title fight seeming more likely for 2016.
Whilst we were given too many details of the spar it's fair to say that the time together will help both develop their skills ahead of big bouts later this year. For Odaira the spar will have helped him cope with naturally bigger fighters whilst Sakae will have shared the ring with one of the fastest men in the 105lb weight class.
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