On December 31st fight fans will see the once beaten Yukinori Oguni (18-1-1, 7) [小國 以載] challenge IBF Super Bantamweight champion Jonathan Guzman (22-0-0-1, 22). Today, ahead of that bout, Oguni took part in a public work out and showed not only his boxing side but also his fun side as he dressed up as Santa, following a previous outing dressed up when he actually announced the bout around Halloween.
The likable Kadoebi seemed to show some signs of stress ahead of his upcoming bout, admitting that he was struggling to sleep however his weight seems to be on point and he's only 2KG's, around 4.4lbs, over the 122lbs weight limit for the bout. With only a little bit of weight to lose come the weigh in it's clear that Oguni has taken his preparation seriously, despite the fun Santa outfit.
The challenger also suggested that he had been listing to former WBC Flyweight champion Daisuke Naito and taking advance from the well respect Naito, who defeated the likes of Pongsaklek Wonjongkam and Daiki Kameda during his career.
As for the actual work out Oguni spent 12 rounds working both a light spar and a session with the mitts along with his trainer. The session saw him looking incredible sharp as he switches between body and head attacks. It seemed really obvious from the session that Oguni had really picked up his training for the bout and had trained like never before know what a huge bout this will be, and what a danger Guzman is in the ring.
Although he seemed confident it is worth noting that Oguni is a 21/2 under-dog for the bout with Guzman a clear favourite priced at 1/9, odds that suggest a clear mismatch. Those odds are partially based on Guzman's reputation as well as Guzman's win last time out for the title in Japan against Shingo Wake, a man who had previously stopped Oguni. It is worth noting however that Oguni's loss to Wake came much earlier in Oguni's career and he has shown some serious signs of improvement in recent years, and looks like a much more rounded and mature fighter than he did back then.
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