Next Saturday Japanese Bantamweight Ryosuke Iwasa (19-1, 12) has the biggest bout of his career as he takes on Britain's Lee Haskins (31-3, 13) in a bout for the IBF interim Bantamweight title.
For Iwasa the bout will be his first outside of his native Japan, in fact it will be his first outside of Tokyo, and today he began his journey setting off from Japan to Britain for the fight.
Iwasa, flanked by his trainer and manager, left Japan via Narita Airport and will be hoping to adapt to British conditions quickly ahead of the bout with Haskins. Of course those conditions will include a huge change in culture, food, weather and, most importantly time zone. If Iwasa is to win he will need to adapt to those changes, especially the time zone.
Although Iwasa is fighting outside of Japan for the first time he does appear to be confident and certainly hasn't traveled to just make up the numbers. Given his ability and power he seems to believe he'll be travelling back to Japan as a "world" champion.
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(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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