Roberto Domingo Sosa take part in public practice session ahead of world title bout with Kazuto Ioka
On Sumday Japanese fans get the chance to see popular Osakan Kazuto Ioka (17-1, 10) defend the WBA Flyweight title against tough Argentinian challenger Roberto Domingo Sosa (26-2-1, 14). That bout, which is to be aired on TBS, will be Ioka's first defense of the title that he won earlier this year with a decision victory against Sosa's fellow Argentinian Juan Carlos Reveco.
Earlier today, ahead of the bout, Reveco took part in his open training session. The session, which saw a lot of attention being turned towards Sosa's manager Natalia Rivero, wasn't the most intense but did see Sosa enjoy a good work out.
The Argentinian fighter sparred a couple of rounds with Ioka's stablemate Sho Ishida, who also fights this coming Sunday and also worked on the mitts with older brother, and former fighter, , who is known in Japan for losing a decision to Joichiro Tatsuyoshi back in 1998. Despite the fact the spar was a short one it seems to have revealed Sosa's two strongest punches, the left hook downstairs and a straight right up top as well as his relatively limited foot work.
Sosa, so far, has made his name at Super Flyweight though seems to have comfortably dropped the 3lbs needed to make Flyweight for this bout. He sounded relaxed and confident and doesn't seem to have struggled to make the weight for what looks to be a tough first defense for Ioka.
Ioka looks for first defense as he takes on Sosa in Flyweight action
Team Ioka distracted by Roberto Domingo Sosa's manager
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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