WBA Flyweight champion Juan Carlos Reveco (35-1, 19) was in the Ioka gym in Osaka earlier today where he took part in his open training session ahead of his, upcoming world title defense against the popular Kazuto Ioka (16-1, 9) on April 22nd.
The training session saw Reveco hitting the pads, hitting the heavy bag and skipping rope as well as other general exercises. It didn't however feature any sparring at all for Ioka's team to get a read on. Overall he was said to have looked sharp though was certainly not showing all his cards.
As well as the training Reveco also spoke to the media and admitted he was cautious of Ioka's right hand, especially at the head. It seems that right up the top is what Reveco views as Ioka's key weapon, though many would suspect it's actually the right to the body that Ioka uses as his key weapon.
There was also some talk about this bout being Reveco's return to Japan. He was of course in Japan a little more than 2 years ago when he over-came Masayuki Kuroda with a 12 round decision. We assume that Ioka's team has been using footage from that bout to help create a game plan for this coming bout.
For both men this is a must win. Ioka knows that a loss here will be very hard to bounce back from, especially as it'd be his second loss in a Flyweight world title bout. As for Reveco he would likely find himself frozen out of big bouts, due to his risk-reward, if he was to lose here.
Ioka and Reveco battle in make or break fight! (Preview)
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