Earlier today in Kyoto city fans had the chance to see two Japanese champions take part in open training sessions ahead of both men making their first defense of the titles.
The more notable of the two champions, and the most impressive today, was Bantamweight champion Shohei Omori (14-0, 9) who was described as being "Yamanaka II" by some who were giving him a glowing review whilst comparing him to WBC champion Shinsuke Yamanaka.
Omori, who is a southpaw like Yamanaka, was said to have looked incredibly confident, sharp and at times sensational in his public sparring session with the highly regarded Michael Dasmarinas (21-2, 13). Although the specific details from the spar have been conflicting, with one report suggesting he heavily dropped Dasmarinas despite the two wearing head gear, the over-arching reports were that the Woz boxing youngster was looking near flawless ahead of his upcoming bout with former world title challenger Hirofumi Mukai (11-3-2, 1).
It seems that if Omori wins he'll be looking to target one more bout before looking at world titles at some point in 2016, with WBO champion Pungluang Sor Singyu being mentioned as a likely target by one Japanese newspaper.
Whilst Omori stole much of the attention there was also the public sparring of Lightweight champion, and fellow Woz boxing fighter, Kota Tokunaga (15-2, 10), who was preparing for his bout with Yuhei Suzuki (16-4, 12). It seems that if Tokunaga wins he'll begin to target OPBF champion Masayoshi Nakatani, in what would be a genuinely attractive match up between tall Lightweights with genuinely spiteful power.
(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)
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