Earlier today in Tokyo saw the final press conference, and official signing, ceremony for the world title triple header scheduled for December 31st. The event, held at the Hotel Grand Palace in Tokyo, saw the 6 men competing in the world title fights at the Ota-City Gym coming face to face and talking to the media.
Among those at the event were WBA Super Featherweight champion Takashi Uchiyama (21-0-1, 17) and his opponent, Israel Perez (27-2-1, 16). This was the liveliest of the meetings with Perez seemingly playing mind games with Uchiayama. Firstly Perez was late to the event and whilst at the event he seemed to indicate he would stop the champion in the 5th round. Uchiyama, looking for his 9th defence, sounded equally as confident though some what irritated and it seems likely that he will be looking to stop Perez early as if to punish him for lateness.
For Kono many of his comments alluded to the fact he had been inactive since winning the title earlier this year, stopping Denkaosan Kaovichit, and that he was some what frustrated by that inactivity. That frustration probably grew when Jimenez began to open his mouth and suggested that Kono was looking tired and that the title would be changing hands. The comments from Jimenez shouldn't have been a surprise however as he has appeared cocky and incredibly confident, if not arrogant, since arriving in Japan.
Although Jimenez is unknown on the world stage he does seem like a young man with a lot of self belief, we will find out if that misguided or not when these two come to blows.
The remaining two world title fighters at the event were WBA Light Flyweight champion Alberto Rossel (32-8-0-1, 13) and his opponent Ryoichi Taguchi (20-2-1, 8). The men looked like they belonged in different division with Taguchi being several inches taller the his Peruvian foe though again both men seemed confident with Rossel promising to take the belt back to Peru whilst Taguchi seemed incredibly happy to know that Yutaka Niida, himself a former world champion, would be doing commentary for the bout.
Tomorrow will see the weigh in for these bouts and all 3 will be aired on TV Tokyo on December 31st, sadly however all 3 will be aired on tape delay.
(Image all courtesy of boxingnews.jp)