For the big fight this weekend comes from the Park Arena in Komaki. It's a bout that sees Japanese wunderkind Kosei Tanaka (4-0, 2) attempt to claim the WBO Minimumweight title in just his 5th professional bout, and set a Japanese record for the fewest fights taken to win a world title.
The bout will see Tanaka take on once beaten Mexican fighter Julian Yedras (24-1, 13) in a really mouth watering contest, though one that Tanaka is widely tipped as the favourite in.
Today, ahead of that bout, Tanaka took part in a public training session at the Hatanaka Gym in Nagoya.
Although the actual training session wasn't massive there were some very interesting comments made in the press conference. Those commented included Tanaka admitting he was nervous of the bout but was confident that he would win and become a world champion. Those nerse may be Tanaka's biggest enemy this coming weekend, but if he can control them then he'll almost certainly secure his place in Japanese boxing history. If those nervous take a hold of the youngster then Yedras may well be able to upset the very highly touted 19 year old.
Kosei Tanaka chases records but will Julian Yedras be a pushover or a real obstacle? (Preview)
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