Earlier today super-prospect Hinata Maruta (1-0) [丸田 陽七太] posted a blog update talking about his latest sparring session, which saw the teenage share the ring with the world ranked Yushi Tanaka (16-0-3, 10) [田中 裕士], ranked #10 at Bantamweight by the WBO.
The session, which had a number of images posted, was said to have been a hard but enjoyable spar that will have helped both men prepare for their upcoming bouts.
For Maruta, who makes his ring return on March 20th against Krungsing Kaolamlekgym (0-0), the spar was likely more testing than his upcoming contest, which is expected to be a walk in the park for the very highly regarded youngster. It's then expected that Maruta will make the step up to 8 rounders in the Summer before looking at potential title clashes before the year is out.
Whilst the spar for Maruta was a good chance to develop the spar will have served a difference purpose for Tanaka who has a real test on his hands when he returns to the ring on March 18th against Kentaro Masuda (23-7, 12) [益田 健太郎], in a bout for the Japanese Bantamweight title. Whilst Maruta doesn't have a similar style, or stature, to Masuda the spar will have sharpened the tools of Tanaka who will know that Masuda is his toughest opponent so far.
(Image courtesy of Hinata Maruta's blog)
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