Earlier today Japanese teenager Riku Kano (10-1-1, 5) [加納陸] took part in a public training session ahead of his August 20th bout with Katsunari Takayama (30-8-0-1, 12) [高山 勝成] for the
WBO Minimumweight world title.
The practice session was a chance to Kano to talk to the media, show his skills, and more importantly publicly speak to Hiroki Ioka, a man who's record Kano is actively chasing when he gets into the ring in August.
Ioka, a former 2 weight world champion and the uncle of Kazuto Ioka, is the current holder of the "youngest Japanese world champion" crown. He achieved that feat back on October 18th 1987 when he was 18 years, 9 months and 10 days old. If Kano wins the title on August 20th he will have broken the 29 year old record by, around, a month.
At the actual practice session Kano spent time sparring with stablemate Futa Akizuki for 3 rounds, before hitting the mitts and the heavy bag whilst working up a sweat. All under the watchful eye of Mr Ioka who seemed to wish Kano the best of luck for the August 20th bout with Takayama, in fact it almost seemed to make Ioka proud that someone was wanting to break his long standing record.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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