Earlier today the media in Japan saw former WBA Super Featherweight "super" chamion Takashi Uchiyama (24-1-1, 20) [内山 高志] take part in a public work out ahead of his up coming rematch with current world champion Jezreel Corrales (20-1-0-1, 8).
The heavy handed "KO Dynamite" looked in fine form at the work out in which he looked powerful, hungry and in some ways more determined than he had been in years, as if he's taking this up coming bout with Corrales more seriously than he's taken bouts before.
Uchiyama, speaking to the media, stated that he had concentrated on adapting to the speed of Corrales and it seems clear that it was the Panamanian's speed that troubled him so much in their first bout, a second round win for Corrales. If Uchiyama can find a way to cope with that speed differential he will fancy his chances against Corrales.
Uchiyama's trainer seemed to suggest a plan had been built to beat Corrales in their rematch. Given that Uchiyama is getting on in age however there are question marks as to whether or not he will ever be able to defeat someone with the speed and style of Corrales, who is certainlya nightmare for an older, slower fighter.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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