On September 16th we'll see Japanese legend Hozumi Hasegawa (35-5, 15) [長谷川 穂積] attempt to become a 3-weight champion as he challenges WBC Super Bantamweight champion champion Hugo Ruiz (36-3, 32). It will be Hasegawa's second shot at a Super Bantamweight and, if he loses, it will almost certainly be the end of his career.
The training session saw Hasegawa speak to the media, sharing his confidence with the press who had attended the session. The iconic Hasegawa seemed to suggest that many had written him off but his confidence was incredible and he seems to clearly believe that he shouldn't be written of so easily.
As for the training Hasegawa spent time shadow boxing and sparring with a Filipino sparring partner, Lloyd Jardeliza (7-4-3, 6), who fought Hasegawa's stablemate Shun Kubo last year. Jardeliza was impressed with Hasegawa's power whilst others at the Shinsei gym seemed to think Hasegawa was perfectly prepared and had got his sense of timing and distance down to a tee.
Of course Hasegawa will be the under-dog going up against the hard hitting Ruiz, but it seems obvious that he's not going into the bout feeling ill prepared or like an under-dog, but is instead going to be fighting with the intention of becoming a world champion for the third time.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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