On Sunday fight fans in Kumamoto will get the chance to see local hopeful Tatsuya Fukuhara (18-4-6, 7) [福原 辰弥] take on Mexican Moises Calleros (25-6-1, 14) ina bout for the WBO interim Minimumweight title, and potentially a future clash with Katsunari Takayama.
Today both Fukuhara and Colleros took part in their official signing ceremony for the bout, with both looking confident and ready to end their long wait for the contest.
At the event both men signed the relevant paper work for the bout, going through the typical formalities, and they shook hands whilst also speaking to the media about the contest.
For Fukuhara the focus for the bout is clear, he wants to bring cheer and something good to Kmnamoto, which was struck by an awful earthquake last year. The Japanese fighter has risen from no where to be a local star and a win here would certainly put Kumamoto on the boxing map, something he and his team will be hoping for.
For Calleros the aim is to take the title back to his family in Mexico and he seems confident that he has done enough work to stop Fukuhara, and announce himself on the world stage with a huge win on the road.
Tomorrow the two men will take part in their weigh in for the contest before facing off on Sunday in what is expected to be a genuinely thrilling contest.
This coming Sunday fight fans in Kunamoto will get the chance to see local hopeful Tatsuya Fukuhara (18-4-6, 7) [福原 辰弥] battle with Mexican Moises Calleros (25-6-1, 14) for the WBO interim Minimumweight title. Today, ahead of their bout, the two men each took part in their public work out, with both looking in great shape and ready for the bout.
Fukuhara stated that he wanted to deliver some bright news to those in the Kumamoto region and itseems like part of the driving force behind his rise in recent times has been the earthquake that hit the area last year, with the earthquake costing 50 lives and injuring thousands. He'll know that the local area will be behind him and that a win will give the area someting to be excited with, and for the Honda Fitness Gym it would also put them on the map and give them their first world champion.
Although the work out wasn't the most strenuous, as he did shome shadow boxing and worked the heavy bag, it was clear that the hard had mostly been done and that he wasn't going to risk over-doing anything this close to fight time. The same also applied to Calleros who only took part in a 10 minute work out, thoiugh he looked very confident and almost like he was enjoying the fact he was the away fighter.
Fukuhara looks to continues rise as he takes on exciting Calleros!
(Image courtesy of General Kyodo News)
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