Last week we reported that WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (26-0-2, 18) [山中慎介] was set to begin a training camp in Okinawa on January 10th. Today saw Yamanaka head off for that training camp, along with Teiken stablemates Jorge Linares (41-3, 27), who is preparing to defend his WBA Lightweight title against Anthony Crolla in March and Japanese Super Featherweight champion Kenichi Ogawa (20-1, 16) [尾川 堅一].
The training camp is set to last for a week and will see the men enjoy the sights, scenes and weather in Okinawa whilst working hard to get into fighting shape ahead of their next title defenses.
Although Yamanaka's next bout is unknown at the moment, he stated that news should be known soon and it seems that he could be back in either March or April. For Ogawa the camp sees him training with two world champions and it's thought that the camp could boost his career. Although Ogawa went 3-0 (2) in 2016 his performances were underwhelming and a camp like this may wellgive him the boost he needs.
For Linares the camp is focused on the Crolla bout, though it seems like he may also be looking towards facing the winner of the upcoming WBC title bout between Dejan Zlaticanin and Mikey Garcia, a bout he spoke about ahead of this training camp.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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