Over the last few weeks Japanese Super Bantamweight hopeful Shingo Wake (19-4-2, 11) has been in the US preparing for a world title shot, which is expected to come against IBF champion Carl Frampton (21-0, 14),
Part of that preparation included Wake watching Frampton's recent bout with Alejandro Gonzalez Jr whilst other parts included training at various American gyms, including the world famous Wild Card gym of Freddie Roach and the Ponce De Leon gym, which is quickly becoming a favourite for Asian fighters heading over to the west.
Given his time watching Frampton in action and his time at the various gyms it seems that Wake is confident of unseating Frampton if the two men were to meet in the ring.
Wake, like Gonzalez, would be expected to use his reach and height to land shots on the champion, who is rather short and stubby for the weight. As well as the height advantages the champion feels that his time training at the various American gyms has allowed him to improve as a fighter, picking up new skills and working on his abilities.
Although he's still relatively unknown outside of Japan the time spent in the west will have helped Wake significantly whilst also allowing him to rub shoulders with numerous high quality fighters, including 2-weight world champion Leo Santa Cruz.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp and shows Wake along with Masao Nakamura and Nobuhiro Ishida at the Ponce De Leon gym)
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