Earlier today at the Watanabe gym in Tokyo fans got the chance to see WBA Super Featherweight "super" champion Takashi Uchiyama (22-0-1, 18) take part in a public training session ahead of his upcoming world title defense against Thailand's unbeaten Jomthong Chuwatana (9-0, 4) .
Part of the session saw Uchiyama sparring 2 rounds with Watanabe stablemate Nihito Arakawa in what was said to have been a relatively intense session between one of the hardest punchers in Japanese boxing and one of the toughest chins in the country.
As well as the sparring Uchiyama gave some comments to the media saying he was 100% confident but knew that Jomthong was a tough test given his skills, notably his ability to control the range and distance of a fight. The Japanese icon, seeking his 10th world title defense, seems to realise that timing will be among his keys to victory.
The bout is one of the most interesting so far this year. Coming in both men are unbeaten and both are very highly regarded however they are certainly at different stages of their careers. Jomthong will be fighting in his first world title bout whilst Uchiyama will be seeking his 10th defense of his title as he closes in on the Japanese national record of Yoko Gushiken, who recorded 13 defenses.
Takashi Uchiyama Vs Jomthong Chuwatana-Somebody's has Got to go! (Preview)
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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