Next weekend Japanese fans will see Venezuelan fighter Juan Jose Landaeta (27-8-1, 21) fight for the WBA Light Flyweight world title, challenging Japan's Ryoichi Taguchi (23-2-1, 10) [田口良一].
Today Landaeta took part in his public work out and looked confident, determined and like a fighter who knows this will be his last chance to claim a world title.
The 37 year old, who has lost in 3 world title fights in Japan with losses to Yutaka Niida and Koki Kameda, twice, seemed to suggest that he is a better fighter now than he was in the past. Although very old for a Light Flyweight he's not had the damaging wars that many fighters have had and feels that the time he has spent out of the ring, with notable periods of inactivity, has allowed him avoid taking much in terms of damage.
At the work out Landaeta hit the mitts, skipped rope, hit the speed ball and the heavy bag and looked not only sharp but also like a fighter with energy to burn, a surprise given his age.
The Venezuelan, who is based in Japan at the moment, appears to have heard Taguchi's prediction of a 9th round TKO win for the champion and made his own prediction, of stopping Taguchi by the end of round 7.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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