On Thursday Takahiro Ao (27-3-1, 12) held a small press conference in Japan in which he predictably described himself as being "excited" ahead of his WBO Lightweight title bout against Raymundo Beltran (29-7-1, 17) on May 1st.
The bout is an opportunity for Ao to become a rare 3-weight champion from Japan, following in the footsteps of Koki Kameda. Although it's a tough ask Ao has seen Teiken stablemates Roman Gonzalez and Jorge Linares both manage to claim world titles in 3 weights and will know that it's not an impossible task in front of him.
The Japanese fighter and his team seem to be aware of Beltran and his style and seem to be working on keeping control of the distance and range. They seem to feel that if they make Beltran fight from range then they take the win, and the WBO world title.
The press conference not only saw Ao talking to the press but also saw the fighter take part in an open training session. That saw Ao hit the mitts with his trainer among other activities, though it does seem a lot more will have to be done in the next few weeks.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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