Earlier today saw a press conference concerning the short term future of the popular "KO Dyanmite" Takashi Uchiyama (22-0-1, 18). The current WBA Super Featherweight world champion announced that he was back under-way with full time training, just 2 weeks after his most recent world title defence, a stoppage victory over Argentinian challenger Israel Perez. That however wasn't the only news that Uchiyama and his team shared.
The fighter re-stated that he is hoping to fight 3 times this year with his first bout of the year being eyed up for May and that WBC champion Takashi Miura was a possible foe for later in the year. He also shared that he was wanting to train overseas, noting that he had been to the Top Rank gym and we would suspect that that would be where he would have a US training camp.
The most comments however regarded the fact Uchiyama would be open to fighting outside of Japan. This was a startling comment in some ways as the explosive puncher hadn't really shown an inclination to travel in the past and many, ourselves included, assumed he was going to spend his career as Japan only fighter. Sadly however no possible foe was named for an overseas bout.
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