Earlier today in Japan Julian Yedras (24-1, 13) took part in a public training sessions ahead of his bout, on Saturday, with Japanese wunderkind Kosei Tanaka (4-0, 2). The Mexican, who has been confident ahead of the bout, continued to hint that fans were over-looking him and that he was going to become the new WBO Minimumweight this coming weekend.
At the training session Yedras skilled rope and worked on the pads whilst working up a sweat. It was nothing too intensive but it was a good work out from the once beaten Mexican fighter who is looking to claim a career defining victory.
The notable thing about the training aspect was that Yedras stated he had 2.5KG's to lose before the weight, on Friday, and that was despite looking in incredible shape. In fact looking at him it was hard to believe that he was even able to make 105lbs. He ripped to shreds and genuinely didn't look like too many "little" fighters who don't tend to pile on the muscle like he has. If he's tight at the weight then we suspect he may have put on too much muscle, though he certainly looks like he's going to be very strong come Saturday.
It seems like Yedras is focusing on his strength and power for the bout stating that he was looking for the knockout against Tanaka. He seems to have scouted the Japanese fighter, stating that Tanaka was fast, but was confident of springing the upset win, stating he was well prepared for the battle ahead.
Later this week the fighters will under-go their medical's, under the watchful eye of the JBC, before the weigh in on Friday and the fight on Saturday. We suspect that at the medicals Yedras will be the bigger man over-all but we do need to wonder what that muscle mass will do to his stamina and speed, which could both be compromised as a result of being so muscular.
For those wishing to watch the contest it will be aired on CBC and TBS in Japan, though no international rights have been sold for the contest.
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(Image courtesy of Daily.co.jp)
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