Earlier today Ryosuke Iwasa (19-1, 12) took part in a public training session ahead of his upcoming IBF "interim" Bantamweight title fight against Englishman Lee Haskins (31-3, 13) and gave a short press conference alongside Celes gym chairman Celes Kobayashi, a man who has been Iwasa's mentor.
As part of the training session Iwasa sparred 4 rounds with Filipino Diarh Gabutan (19-4-3, 10), a man he had been sparring with throughout the training camp. The sparring was said to have been hard but good with Iwasa looking razor sharp and in great form ahead of the upcoming bout . The session also include Iwasa hitting the pads with Mr Kobayashi as he continued to round off his technique.
As part part of the press conference Mr Kobayashi talked about his career and how it took him so long to achieve what he did. He mentioned how it took him 3 tries to claim a Japanese title and 2 to claim a world title whilst suggesting that Iwasa was going to get world honours in his first attempt.
Iwasa's bout with Haskins will see a collision of southpaws which is why Gabutan, and his compatriot Jhaleel Payao (11-0, 6), were used as a sparring partners through the camp. It was however noted at the conference that Iwasa had been sparring with southpaws earlier this year to prepare for a bout with Sergio Perales, a man who later suffered an injury. As a result of back-to-back camps Iwasa should be accustomed to the southpaw stance of an opponent.
Although Iwasa will be fighting overseas for the first time, travelling to Haskins's hometown of Bristol, he does seem very confident and we hope that confidence will show come fight night.
Ryosuke Iwasa completes 10 round spar as he continues preparations for Lee Haskins fight
Ryosuke Iwasa sparring with Filipino pair ahead of "world" title bout with Lee Haskins
(All images courtesy of the Celes Gym blog)
News! We try and give you the most interesting news stories from the Asian boxing world!