This coming Saturday Japan's little known Hiroshige Osawa (30-3-4, 19) [大沢 宏晋] will be in action in the US, taking on WBO Featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (20-0, 18) in a career defining bout, win or lose.
Today the Japanese "Care giver boxer" set off for the US ahead of the bout, giving himself just a few days to acclimatise to the American conditions, with different time zone being one of the most notable changes.
Although a massive under-dog Osawa seemed confident and driven for a victory, taking a picture of his now dead pet dog with him for encouragement, talking about how the dog had supported him through his career. It was perhaps a strange item to talk but one that perhaps reminds us all that that fighters are just normal people and they get strength from a variety of things.
Masaharu Tanaka, the chairman of the gym that Osawa fights for, appears to be confident that the team have got a good game plan for the bout and they genuinely believe they can win. If Osawa fulfils their belief then we may well have a late contender for one of the upsets of the year.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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