Earlier today Japanese Super Bantamweight contender Shingo Wake (19-4-2, 11) [和氣慎吾] took part in an media training session ahead of his upcoming bout with Indonesian Waldo Sabu (7-2, 2).
The main talking point of the session hasn't however been how Wake looked in the ring, or what sort of shape he was in but instead the return to boxing of Tsurutaro Kataoka [片岡 鶴太郎] who will be one of Wake's seconds when he faces Wake.
The popular Mr Kataoka is returning to being a second after more than 15 years away from the ring, and has re-kindled a relationship with other members of the Wake team, which has began to grow in recent bouts.
At the training event it was hinted that Wake may end up fighting for the vacant IBF title later in the year with suggestion being that the winner of the Scott Quigg/Carl Frampton vacate the title to face WBA mandatory challenger Guillermo Rigondeaux instead of Wake, who is the IBF's mandatory. It would be a shame for Wake to miss out on a high profile opponent but he'll likely try to use the title to move into face the likes Frampton, Quigg, Rigondeaux and the such later in the year.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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