On Monday in Japan the press were able to see upcoming world title contender Ryo Akaho (26-1-2, 18) take part in a public training session ahead of his WBO Bantamweight title fight with Thai veteran Pungluang Sor Singyu (50-3, 34).
The session, which took place at the Yokohama Hikari gym, saw Akaho look sharp, powerful and confident as he sparred with youngster Naoki Mochizuki (7-1, 5), who was described being a "virtual" Pungluang.
The powerful Japanese fighter looked ready to go and was brimming with confidence ahead of his bout with the Thai, which has been set for August 7th. So confident is Akaho that he seems to believe Pungluang is made to order and will be be stopped.
For Pungluang the bout is a chance to become a 2-time world champion, having previously held the WBO Bantamweight title. For Akaho however the bout is a chance for him to become a world champion at the second time of asking.
Although confident Akaho did seem to acknowledge that winning in Thailand is difficult. He did though seem determined to break the jinx that Japanese fighters seem to have had in the Long of Smiles.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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