Earlier today WBA Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (19-1, 11) [井岡一翔] took part in a public training session ahead of his July 20th defence against once beaten Nicaraguan challenger Keyvin Lara (18-1-1, 6).
The champion spent 5 rounds sparring with former foe Pablo Carrillo (19-4-1, 11). The session saw Carrillo trying to replicate Lara and build on what Ioka has seen as the focus of his training camp. That was to control the range and be wary of the uppercuts, which the champion seems to view as the biggest threat posed by the challenger.
As well the sparring the champion also took part in a press conference talking about how he has given his body a good rest with his plan to fight just twice this year, as opposed to his usually active 3 fight a year schedule.
For Ioka the bout will be his third of the Flyweight title and it seems that his team are looking for their man to secure a KO against Lara who will be the clear under-dog when the men get in the ring in a little over a week's time.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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