Over the weekend we saw an interesting picture being posted online by former Japanese 140lb champion Shinya Iwabuchi (26-5, 22) [岩渕 真也]. The heavy handed, and always fun to watch puncher, posted a picture of himself from the Watanabe gym where he had been sparring with former JBC/OPBF Lightweight champion Nihito Arakawa (26-6-1, 16) [荒川 仁人].
Although details of the spar weren't made too public Iwabuchi did say that he felt the spar taught him new things and he made the most of Arakawa's extra experience.
Iwabuchi will be in the ring on February 11th, as he takes on Filipino slugger Al Rivera (14-2, 12) in a bout for the OPBF 140lb title whilst Arakawa will be in action himself on April 16th against Japanese Lightweight champion Kota Tokunaga (17-2, 11) [徳永 幸大].
Incidentally Iwabuchi also explained that the camera had gone cloudy due to the hot air in the gym, which is why the image isn't perfectly clear, yet it is still an interesting picture.
(Image courtesy of Iwabuchi's blog http://ameblo.jp/shinya20120213)
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