One of the stories that has been making headlines in the Japanese boxing pages is that former WBC Bantamweight and former WBC Featherweight champion Hozumi Hasegawa (33-4, 15) will be wearing blue gloves for his up coming IBF Super Bantamweight title challenger.
Whilst the story may not be huge news in the west it is interesting to note that this is is this first time Hasegawa will have worn blue gloves in more than 8 years, the last time was his first victory over Vereaphol Sahaprom way back in 2005 (pictured).
Although a veteran of the ring and a man who has been in more world title fights than most, this will only be the second time Hasegawa comes to the ring as the challenger to a champion and it seems the history isn't lost on him as he puts the finishing touches to game plan ahead of his bout with Kiko Martinez (30-4, 22).
Given the choice between blue, black or red Hasegawa chose blue and stated that the choice was due to the fact he was in the challengers corner, which is blue, just as he was when he defeated Sahaprom by decision.
With the gloves chosen, the weight made and all the other formalities done it's not a time to rest and look ahead to tomorrows fight, a fight that promises to either make Hasegawa the second ever 3-weight world champion from Japan or see his world title dreams, and possibly his career, come to an end.
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