Earlier today Mexico's world title challenger Edgar Puerta (23-4-1, 19) took part in a public training session ahead of his WBC Super Featherweight world title bout with Japan's heavy handed Takashi Miura (27-2-2, 20).
Puerta, challenging for a world title for the first time, spent much of the session hit the heavy bag and working up a sweat. The sessions saw him showing off his heavy hands, which have had destructive effects on his opponents.
Aged 32 this will be the biggest bout in Puerta's career and it will also be his first outside of Latin America. For him however the travel was likely worth it as a win here would be life changing for the Mexican fighter who has had a tough life over the last 15 years. He seemed to admit as much when he was quoted as saying it was his dream to win the title and that this was his chance to achieve it.
Puerta isn't just fighting for himself however but also Mexico and he will be trying to end Miura's impressive series of results against Mexican fighters. That run has seen Miura stop Gamaliel Diaz for the world title that he has defended against Sergio Thompson, in a 2013 FOTY contender, and Dante Jardon. Puerta will be a fourth successive Mexican to battle against the Japanese bomber.
The bout between Puerta and Miura will take place this coming Saturday from Tokyo. For those lucky enough to be in Japan it will be screened on WOWOW, who will be showing the fight for free alongside a WBC Flyweight title bout between Roman Gonzalez (40-0, 34) and Rocky Fuentes (35-7-2, 20).
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
*Note-This has been edited slightly following the comment of montedusto, thank you for the correction.
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