On December 31st we'll see Japan's Yukinori Oguni (18-1-1, 7) [小國 以載] challenge IBF Super Bantamweight champion Jonathan Guzman (22-0-0-1, 22) in Kyoto. The bout, which will be Oguni's first world title bout, is a huge step up in class for the challenger however Oguni cannot have his preparation faulted and that was shown yesterday when he took part in a public training session.
At the training session a hungry looking Oguni sparred with former Lightweight champion Yusuke Kobori, who is now a trainer at the Kadoebi Houseki gym, and also spoke to the media.
The sparring wasn't particularly heavy, though Oguni did look very sharp and his jab was really on point. It looked clear that the the challenger will be using that single punch as his focal point against Guzman but admitted that he had been given numerous tips from Cuban fighter Yoandris Salinas, who had been sparring with earlier in prepartion for the bout.
Although clearly the under dog Oguni does seem to have a comfortable confidence and seems to have a lot of self belief in defeating the monstrous Guzman, who won the title earlier this year in Japan when he stopped Shingo Wake.
Interestingly the winner of this bout will be facing Ryosuke Iwasa next year and we suspect Iwasa will be ringside for the bout as a result.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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