WBO Jr. Featherweight World Title: Hidenori Otake Holds Press Conference for Isaac Dogboe Fight
WBO world title challenger Hidenori Otake (31-2-3, 14) [大竹 秀典] held a press conference at the Yokohama brewery to announce, and to talk about, his upcoming bout with WBO Junior Featherweight champion Isaac Dogboe (19-0, 13), set to take place on August 25th in the US.(Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona)
The Japanese fighter spoke about how he’s enjoying boxing more in the last year or so, and despite being 37 it does seem like he’s in the form of his career with recent wins over Kinshiro Usui, Hinata Maruta and Brian Lobetania. That sort of run will have filled the OPBF Super Bantamweight champion with real hope ahead of the bout with Dogboe.
Since losing to the then WBA champion Scott Quigg in 2014 Otake has surged, winning 9 in a row. That seems to have been down to his trainer who has focused on Otake’s physical improvements and improving his eating habits, as well reducing his working hours in preparation to fights. Something that seems to have done him the world of good.
Otake seemed fully aware of Dogboe’s strengths, and is looking to work on counter measures for the power and speed of the champion. It seems clear he knows he’s the under-dog, though if he can win he would set a new Japanese male record, for the oldest man to win a world title, breakign the previous record of Hozumi Hasegawa, who claimed his third title at the age of 35 years and 9 months.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)