We are now 8 days away from a very highly anticipated WBO Minimumweight title bout between Japanese teenager Riku Kano (10-1-1, 5) [加納陸] and multi-time world champion Katsunari Takayama (30-8-0-1, 12) [高山 勝成].
Today, ahead of that bout, Kano took part in a public work out and speak to the media, along with his team.
The training saw Kano show off his movement, take part in some shadow boxing and hit the mitts with his trainer whilst looking sharp through out and like a man who was very much prepared for the bout. The training today didn't feature any sparring though Kano is said to have had more than 100 rounds of it in preparation for the bout, spending time with Reiya Konishi and Tatsuya Yamanaka.
The youngster will be using his speed to try and over-come the experienced Takayama but will also be driven on by his dream of setting a new Japanese record. On the day of the fight Kano will be 18 years 9 months and 4 days old, 6 days younger than Hirko Ioka was when he set the Japanese record way back in 1987, when he claimed the WBC Minimumweight title. That has been Kano's target for some time and it seems clear to be his biggest driving force for this bout, and the reason it has come so soon in his career.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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