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Legendary trainer Beristain pins big hopes on Robles as fight with Nasukawa as springboard

Jan 18, 2024 19:53 pm

  World-renowned Mexican trainer Ignacio ‘’Nacho’’ Beristain said on Jan. 18 at Tokyo’s Teiken Boxing Gym he is aiming at making his fellow countryman Luis Robles the 30th world champion he has nurtured as Robles will face Kickboxer-turned Tenshin Nasukawa of Teiken gym in an eight-round super bantamweight fight on Jan. 23 in Osaka.

Legendary trainer ‘Nacho’ (L) and Robles

  The 84-year-old Beristain has been training Robles, ranked 14th in the bantamweight division both by the World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organization, for six years and said, ‘’The one of the things that I am worried about is the fact that Japan has spawned many strong southpaws.’’ Nasukawa, the seventh-ranked Japanese super bantamweight, is left-handed.

  In this connection, former two-division world champion Takahiro Ao, who has been serving as Nasukawa’s trainer, said after watching Robles’ light public workout at the gym, ‘’Tenshin has a longer reach and has more punching power than Robles. I hope Tenshin will take advantage of these and what he has practiced in the training in the upcoming fight.’’

Robles (L) shows rapid combination blows in mitt-hitting practice

  The 25-year-old Robles said, ‘’It was my dream to come to Japan. I am a technically sound boxer, which is my strength. True Tenshin is a great boxer, but I am also great. I think we both can show a great fight.’’

  The fight will be held at EDION Arena Osaka as part of Prime Video Presents Live Boxing 6.

  Robles has a record of 15 wins, including five KOs, against two losses and a draw. Nasukawa, also 25, turned pro last April with a decision victory and had another decision win in his second bout last September.

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