Earlier today Japanese fighter Hirofumi Mukai (11-3-2, 1) took part in a public training session ahead of his upcoming Japanese Bantamweight title fight, again reigning champion Shohei Omori (14-0, 9).
The session saw the light punching Mukai talk about his training, which has seen him sparring alongside some Filipino partners, as well as admitting that his body is heavier than it has been in previous training camps. The extra weight has been used, apparently, to add power on to his shots and the previously light punching Mukai seems to feel confident in his power and strength, as well as his skills.
Whilst no one would be shocked to hear that Mukai was confident it was strange to hear how determined he was to beat Omori. The two men did go to the same school, though Mukai was several years older than Omori. He used that age difference to back up a statement that he wouldn't lose to the younger man. He also stated that he was hoping to build his name of a win here.
Of course in the past Mukai has come up short in his biggest bouts, suffering losses to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Mark Anthony Geraldo and Rocky Fuentes whist scoring draws with Pongsaklek Wonjongkam and Myung Ho Lee. Of course we shouldn't rule out the challenger, who has obviously mixed at a high level, though he will, clearly, be the under-dog going in to this bout.
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