Japanese champ to train at ALA gym

THREE-division world champion Kosei Tanaka will put on some work at the ALA Gym in his visit to Cebu.

“He’ll arrive today (March 4, 2020) but he’ll start training tomorrow (March 5, 2020). It will be his first time training at the ALA Gym,” ALA Gym head trainer Edito Villamor told SunStar Cebu.

Tanaka will be with his father and trainer Hitoshi Tanaka and a Japanese TV reporter.

The 24-year-old Tanaka is scheduled to spar, at the end of the week, with one-time world title challenger Jonas Sultan, who’s currently training for his upcoming fight with Ricardo Malajika for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Intercontinental super flyweight belt.

“He’s scheduled to spar with Jonas on Friday,” said Villamor. “I haven’t talked to Kosei yet on how many rounds. It’s up to him. Maybe six or eight rounds.”

Tanaka has already moved up to super flyweight and will be looking for his fourth division world title. He recently relinquished his World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight belt just last February.

Tanaka is a WBO champion in the minimumweight, light flyweight and flyweight division. Apparently, he’s setting his sights on compatriot, WBO super flyweight king Kazuto Ioka.

Tanaka, 15-0 with nine knockouts, will be in Cebu for about half a month to train at the ALA Gym.

Villamor feels that his visit will inspire a lot of his up-and-coming fighters.

“Training alongside a world champion like him will give them a lot of inspiration.” (EKA)