Later this month we'll see WBC Light Flyweight title champion Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗] defending his title against Tetsuya Hisada (34-10-2, 20) [久田 哲也]. Today, ahead of that bout, Hisada took part in an interview and media work out.
At the press conference Hisada spoke about his age. If he wins he would become the oldest man in Japan to win a world title, breaking a record set by Hozumi Hasegawa's in his final bout. Despite the fact he would create a record Hisada himself downplayed that explaining "I'm not aiming for a record. I can challenge even at the age of 36 and just prove that I can fight on the front lines of the world. I'm concentrating only on winning."
Originally this bout was supposed to take place last year, in December, before Teraji was suspended by the JBC due to an issue where he got drunk and damaged someone's car. In regards to that Hisada stated "The match in December was delayed, but I believed that there was a match and continued to practice. I think it was a plus because I was able to spar with various players because the match was extended,". Among those he sparred with as a result were Japanese Flyweight champion Seigo Yuri Akui (15-2-1, 10) [阿久井政悟] and Japanese Light Flyweight champion Masamichi Yabuki (12-3, 11) [佐藤政道]. He has reportedly been able to spar more than 240 rounds for this bout as well as getting advice from the aforementioned Hasegawa.
As for the work out it's self, that was a short one. Hisada did a round of shadow boxing and then a round on the mitts. It was also revealed that he would continue sparring until 10 days before the bout, as he continues to put finishing touches to his gameplan.
In regards to the gameplan, Hisada seems to be working on a plan where he can work both up close, as we've seen from him in the past, and at range, something that he clearly seems to have been working on here to help neutralise the skills of of Kenshiro.
For fans wanting to watch this bout, it will be streamed live on Boxing Real on YouTube, and will be available for free.
(Image credit - Harada Gym)
Around a week ago we reported that former world champion Tomoki Kameda (36-3, 20) [亀田和毅] was set to the ring for his next bout on May 5th, as he takes on Hironori Miyake (9-10-2, 1) [三宅寛典], in an 8 rounder in Osaka.
Today, ahead of that bout, Kameda took part in a press conference and media work out.
The bout in May will be Kameda's first one in almost 2 years, due in part to Covid19. His last bout came in a loss to the then WBC Super Bantamweight champion Rey Vargas. At today's event he explained that he wanted to show improvements from that performance, stating "I lost in Los Angeles in the previous race, so I want to show the evolved Kameda."
Despite the long lay off Kameda hasn't been sat twiddling his thumbs. Instead he explained that he's been busy reviewing footage, "I watched the video of my favorite boxer and did my own research. I finally found out that my style is this. I want to show the results of my research in the next race."
As for the work out, that was a somewhat short one. He did 3 rounds of shadow boxing and a couple of rounds of work on the punching bags. He looked sharp and in good form, but was clearly more hungry to perform in the ring, in from of friends and family, than in front of the press here.
Talking about fighting in front of friends and family this will be Kameda's fight fight in Osaka in more than 7 years! A staggering fact for a man who is well associated with the City and made his first world title defense there, way back in 2013!
On April 24th we'll see WBC Light Flyweight title champion Kenshiro Teraji (17-0, 10) [寺地 拳四朗] defending his title against Tetsuya Hisada (34-10-2, 20) [久田 哲也] at the EDION Arena Osaka, in Osaka City.
Today, as part of the build up for that fight, Kenshiro took part in an online press conference and a public work out., which took part at the Misako Gym.
It was revealed at the press conference today that Kenshiro has been sparring with some of the best in Japan. His sparring partners and training mates for the bout had included Kenichi Horikawa (41-16-1, 14) [堀川 謙一], Norihito Tanaka (20-8, 10) [田中教仁], Toshiki Kawamitsu (6-0, 3) [川満俊輝] and Shokichi Iwata (5-0, 4) [岩田翔吉], all of whom will bring out the best in the champion, who has been out of the ring since December 2019.
At the session today Kenshiro was joined by trainer Kenta Kato, who spoke about the game plan, analysing Hisada, and the corrections that he was making to Kenshiro's style, including a slight improvement in his balance.
In regards to his troubles last year, which included a drunken incident that saw Kenshiro having his license suspended, he stated "I caused trouble to many people and betrayed the people who supported me. The next game will show a strong appearance. However, it is not just a win, but an overwhelming victory. I want you to see where it has revived."
It was also reported that if he gets past Hisada he wants to unify titles as soon as possible. Of course the unification bout that we've all wanted for a few years now would be a bout between Kenshiro and WBA "Super" champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (15-0, 10) [京口 紘人], a bout that could very easily take place in the near future
As for the actual work out, it sae Kenshiro doing some shadow boxing, mitt work and work on the punching bags. During this Kenshiro looked crisp and sharp, but had a very wide stance, almost as if it's something he has been focusing on during this camp.
(Image credit - Misako Gym)
On December 31st we'll see WBO Super Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (25-2, 14) [井岡一翔] make his second defense, as he takes on unbeaten challenger Kosei Tanaka (15-0, 9) [田中恒成] in Tokyo.
Today, ahead of that fight, Ioka took part in an online work out and press conference.
Strangely Ioka downplayed the fight, and his opponent, just as he had back in November, explaining "It's neither a big match nor a noteworthy card in me" and added "What I have and what he has is different,". Whilst there is certainly some truth there to Ioka's statements, given his huge unification bout with Akira Yaegashi when he was at Minimumweight, as well as his bouts on foreign soil, there is also probably a sense of trying to wage mental war with Tanaka and down playing the challenger.
To prepare for the bout Ioka has sparred around 100 rounds, including some with former WBC Flyweight champion Daigo Higa, a fellow fighter from the Ambition Gym. He has also been taking up Pilates, and trying new things, admitting that he had made various discoveries in regards to his body and what works.
One other thing that was revealed was that Ismael Salas will work Ioka's corner, and will arrive in Japan next week.
As for the actual work out, it was a pretty low key affair, with Ioka just showing off some light shadow boxing. He looked in good condition and sharp, but didn't really show too much.
(Image courtesy of Ambition Gym)
At the very end of 2020 we'll see WBO Super Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (25-2, 14) [井岡一翔] defending his title against mandatory challenger Kosei Tanaka (15-0, 9) [田中恒成], in the final big bout of the year.
This past Friday, in preparation for that bout, Tanaka took part in a media work out for the press, as well as a virtual press conference.
Due the press conference Tanaka explained that he has gone to some interesting lengths to figure out how to best deal with Ioka. That has included a lengthy phone call between his promoter Kiyoshi Hatanaka and former Ioka opponent Donnie Nietes (42-1-5, 23), with the Filipino revealing two weaknesses of Ioka's, though Tanaka didn't share them.
In regards to his own condition Tanaka revealed that he has prepared perfectly for Ioka, and that he wouldn't be bettered in terms of speed, power, technique of mentality. He seemed very much focused on the bout on the bout, and like a man who believes he has all the advantages.
Notably to prepare for Ioka the unbeaten Tanaka has sparred with former WBC "interim" Bantamweight champion Takuma Inoue (13-1, 3) [井上拓真]. Although Ioka and Inoue don't have similar styles it does seem clear that Inoue is a very talented fighter, and would be there to keep Tanaka sharp on his toes.
So far during the month Tanaka has had two PCR tests, on the 4th and 17th of December, with both coming back with negative results. That's not expected to change with Tanaka pretty much having the Hatanaka Gym to himself, with the gym closed to everyone except Tanaka and those he's sparring with and working alongside.
The unbeaten 3-weight world champion seemed bullish through out, and even went on to suggest that he wanted to beat Ioka and then face WBC champion Juan Francisco Estrada, stating that he was confident of beating Estrada.
As for the actual work out Tanaka did some shadow boxing, as well as worked the mitts and some bag work. Nothing too major, but he looked sharp though out and like a man who really was ready to show what he could do at 115lbs. He looked in great condition, and very crisp though out the sessions.
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