On Sunday Japanese fans will get the chance to see a WBO female Flyweight title bout between unbeaten Korean Eun Hye Lee (8-0, 3) [이은혜] and Japan's once beaten Nana Yoshikawa (6-1, 4) [好川 菜々]. Today, ahead of that bout, the two women took part in their public training session and both looked sharp, well trained and ready for action.
Yoshikawa stated that her condition was perfect for the fight, and that she's been able to make the weight whilst still eating. Unlike many fighters when they have to make weight she seemed incredibly happy, relaxed and not feeling the effects of needing to shed weight.
She's stated that she's had a great training camp, one that followed on from an exceptional one last year in Mexico, and it's clear that's she's full of confidence for what will be a career defining fight. It is however clear that this will be a must win for the Japanese fighter who turned professional at an advanced age with the intention of becoming a world champion. If she fails she may well kick herself for staying amateur so long and dominating the amateur scene in Japan, rather than making a bigger mark on the professional scene.
As well as being confident she was very complimentary to Lee and it seems the two fighters have struck up a good friendship.
Of course Yoshikawa won't be the only one in the ring and Lee, who is making her first visit to Japan, is also full of confidence and seemed to suggest that she feels she'll have to win clearly and in a definite way to get the decision in Japan. Despite that she does seem to have a lot of respect for Yoshikawa and has scouted her, becoming aware of her long straight right hand.
The Korean, a former WBO female Light Flyweight champion, enters her foreign bout on foreign soil with an unbeaten record and knows what it's like to be a world champion. Sadly though she has been inactive recently and her career has faltered as a lack of funds prevented her from defending her title, later resulting in her needing to give it up.
As for the training it wasn't the most interesting session, despite both fighters sharing the session together. Yoshikawa did some mitt work and some shadow boxing, doing only a few rounds of work for the camera whilst working up a sweat but not pushing her body too hard, whilst Lee did a couple of rounds of shadow boxing. Neither game much away in regards to their gameplan but it's clear that both are highly skilled fighters who will be looking at Sunday's bout as one of, if not the, biggest of their career so far.
Lee and Yoshikawa trade blows for WBO crown
(Images courtesy of boxmob.jp)
News! We try and give you the most interesting news stories from the Asian boxing world!