On December 31st Japanese fans get the chance to see a 5 different world title fights. The most established of the champions in action is WBA Super Featherweight "Super" champion Takashi Uchiyama (23-0-1, 19), who looks to record his 11th defense as he takes on little known Nicaraguan Oliver Flores (27-1-2, 17).
Today the talented and heavy handed champion took part in a public training session at the Watanabe gym.
The session saw champion look sharp on the mitts and claim that he was in the best condition of his career, having recovered from numerous niggling injuries, injuries that had forced him to scrap plans for a defense earlier in the year.
Uchiyama's trainer seemed to suggest that his charge was hitting harder than usual with his deadly right hand and that he had found something new, despite the fact the champion is a veteran at 36 years old.
The session also saw attention turn Stateside with Uchiyama's team noting that they were wanting to take their guy to the US next year mentioning Jamaican fighter Nicholas Walters as being their target, despite the fact Walters "drew" at the weekend with Jason Sosa. The bout with Walters seems to be one of two targets for Uchiyama in 2016, with the other being to set the Japanese record for most world title defenses, a record held by the great Yoko Gushiken who recorded 13 defenses of the WBA Light Flyweight title.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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