Yesterday, November 6th, saw Japanese promotional powerhouse Teiken releasing several photos from a recent sparring session between future world title challenger Hidenori Otake (22-1-3, 9) and future Japanese title challenger Yasutaka Ishimoto (24-7, 7).
Otake, dressed in black, travels to the UK in a few days time ahead of a WBA Super Bantamweight world title fight against unbeaten Brit Scott Quigg (29-0-2, 22), arranged fro November 22nd. Prior to the world title fight being organised he had vacated the Japanese national title stating the he was focusing on getting a world title fight. Within days of Otake handing back the Japanese title it was announced that Ishimoto would be getting a shot at the national title, though he would have to face former OPBF champion Yukinori Oguni (13-1, 4), with that bout now set for December 6th.
According to Teiken the sparring lasted 6 rounds with both men getting a very good work out ahead of career changing bouts.
What is quite notable about the sparring is that Ishimoto doesn't have a style that mimics Quigg and Otake doesn't have a style that mimics Oguni. It's clear from that that neither man was focusing on their tactics during the sparring despite how close their upcoming bouts are. Instead the sparring was likely more to do with keeping sharp and helping to encourage each other.
Interestingly we suspect some of the encouragement that Ishimoto was giving to Otake revolved around his trips to Macau, a country he has fought twice in and has a 1-1 record in. To date Otake has never had a professional bout outside of Japan and any advice about fights on foreign soil will be helpful.
For Ishimoto we believe that the sparring was just high quality sparring against a former champion.
(Images courtesy of Teiken.com)
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