At the end of April a public training session featuring Japanese boxing icon Hozumi Hasegawa (33-5, 15) was curtailed after the "Ace of Japan" suffered an ankle injury. The early finish to the session was seen more as a precaution than anything too serious and it was hoped that Hasegawa would make a very quick recovery, ahead of his May 9th bout with unbeaten Mexican puncher Horacio Garcia (29-0, 21).
We can now report that Hasegawa is fine and on Tuesday he took part in a public training session looking like the ankle was no worry at all, needing to take just 3 days off from his training. There is now said to be no pain in the ankle and the only thing that now needs sorting is his weight,with Hasegawa being a little bit above his fighting weight, not an issue given that the weight will be water weight.
This bout with Garcia will be Hasegawa's first in more than a year as he makes his comeback following a stoppage loss to Kiko Martinez in an IBF Super Bantamweight title fight. He'll be hoping that a win here gets him back in the world rankings however Garcia is certainly no push over and many are expecting Hasegawa to be stopped by his unbeaten foe, who has stopped his last 6 opponents.
Hozumi Hasegawa ends public training session early following ankle issue
(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)
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