Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Hidenori Otake Vows To KO Isaac Dogboe in Glendale

By Nick Skok

Tucked just off one of the busiest districts in Tokyo, a three-storied building stands alone unassumingly at the end of a Kitazawa street covered in a clean green paint. To get there you’d first have to walk by the state of the art facility that competes for a slightly different clientele just yards before it with its training pool peering through their glass windows. Passing that air-conditioned establishment by and walking up to the Kaneko Gym is a choice that isn’t taken lightly and especially not in a heat wave of this magnitude that has already claimed several lives.

In a corner of the top floor of Kaneko Gym sits busted up punching bags that will literally hang on to their last remaining shreds of value while a nearby rack holds dozens of copies of “Boxing Beat” and “Boxing Magazine” with domestic stars Naoya Inoue and Ryota Murata gracing their covers. A small space just wide enough for one to slide between the ring and the wall that borders it is used to hang old Winning gloves that cluster together in a organized chaos that resemble a sort of boxing honeycomb configuration.

Kaneko once was home to Tomonobu Shimizu, the WBA super flyweight champion in 2011. Now the gym that’s short on space, cold air, and the friendly amenities that are common in Japan’s more recognized boxing establishments, will have a chance at hosting a champion once again.

otake

Hidenori Otake, a 37 year old warrior in the super bantamweight division jumps rope as he preps in another hot Tokyo night with humidity so high that the dry heat of Phoenix, his destination in the days ahead, will feel like a welcome home. The jet lag won’t be a concern for Otake, who traveled abroad four years ago to challenge Scott Quigg in Liverpool for his only other title shot. It will be a more tranquil experience for Otake when he arrives to his air conditioned (he was curious if it would be) hotel and spa in the swanky Scottsdale, just outside of Phoenix proper.

Knowing everything that the outspoken champion Isaac Dogboe has said about him, Otake tells me with his translator Shuji Aoki, “I’ll be the one to get the knockout, and I will do it in enemy territory. I see no disadvantage in my size when comparing it to Dogboe’s power.” That being said, Otake has been sparring shorter competition in anticipation for his 5’2 opponent and relishes his preparation saying “Minus a few extra pounds, I’m ready to fight today!”

“I’ve watched Dogboe’s last three fights and noticed how he likes to always assert himself by coming forward. I’ll watch and control the distance.” The one fighter who did just that was Satoshi Shimizu, who defeated Dogboe in the Olympics. “It’s unnecessary for me to watch that amateur fight as Shimizu is a south paw.”

“I understand that this is my last chance at a title shot. I don’t feel any pressure about this fact but am instead motivated.” Part of that motivation comes from Dogboe’s multitasking personality in which he’s talked about unifying titles after he defeats Otake and also wanting to enroll in universiy, potentially this Fall. “I really hope he takes classes but I’ll prevent him from attending anything too soon.”

Hidenori Otake (31-2-3, 14 knockouts) will challenge the WBO super bantamweight champion Isaac Dogboe (19-0, 13 knockouts) on August 25th at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, live on ESPN.

You can contact Nick Skok on Twitter @NoSparring

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Yodpayak on 08-20-2018

The old man will do better than that Mexican.

Comment by DuckAdonis on 08-20-2018

Never underestimate a japanese fighter I got Dogboe by KO though

Comment by Mammoth on 08-20-2018

[QUOTE=kidbazooka;19036459]I hope Otake rids us of Dogboe and sends him back to his *****hole country.[/QUOTE] That ain't happening......

Comment by kidbazooka on 08-20-2018

I hope Otake rids us of Dogboe and sends him back to his *****hole country.

Comment by sammybee on 08-20-2018

Dogboe is a hard puncher and has knock out every opponent he has faced since he stepped down from featherweight to super bantamweight division. Otake will do his best but I don't think he can succeed. His style suits Dogboe…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (8)
Top Headlines Lennox Lewis: Wilder-Fury Will NOT Look Like Klitschko-Fury Daily Bread Mailbag: Spence-Garcia, Mayweather, Usyk, More Photos: Kavaliauskas in Line For Crawford After Arriaza KO Win Frank Warren Discusses a Big December For British Boxing Chael Sonnen Cautions of Mayweather-Nasukawa Double Cross Arum: We're Going To Look Very Closely at Crawford-Kavaliauskas Whyte Warns: Joshua Will Get a "Whooping" When Time Comes Kavaliauskas: I'm Ready To Fight Terence Crawford Next! Terence Crawford, Errol Spence Meet Face To Face in Oklahoma Maurice Hooker Gets Off The Floor To Batter, Stop Alex Saucedo Maurice Hooker vs. Alex Saucedo - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Jaron Ennis Blasts Out Ray Serrano in Two Rounds Kavaliauskas Knocks Out Arriaza In Third; Wants Crawford Next Sam Teah Hurts Kenneth Sims, Decisions Him Over Eight Andrew Moloney vs. Cris Paulino on December 14 in Perth Arnold Khegai Drops, Decisions a Tough Jorge Diaz Wilder: If Fury Tries To Rough Me Up - I'll Be His Worst Nightmare Callum Smith More Than Willing To Fight Andre Ward in May Luis Ortiz Vows To Make Kauffman Pay For 'Cheater' Comments Photos: Nico Hernandez Ready For Hometown Clash Top Rank VP: Arriaza is Measuring Stick Bout For Kavaliauskas Photos: Gabe Rosado, Luis Arias - Get Tense at Weigh-In Photos: Brandon Rios, Ramon Alvarez - Ready For War in Kansas Photos: Claressa Shields, Hannah Rankin - Trade Heated Words Photos: Jarrell Miller, Bogdan Dinu - Ready For Battle in Kansas Chocolatito Reveals Offer For Yafai, Wants Sor Rungvisai Trilogy Jarrell Miller Weighs In At 315¼ Pounds, 78 More Than Dinu Frankie Gavin Very Overweight For Kerman Lejarraga Clash John Molina Expects an All-Out With Omar Figueroa Cristofer Rosales vs. Charlie Edwards on Whyte-Chisora Card Alicia Napoleon To Defend WBA World Title in February Arum: Saucedo Showed 'Huge Balls' In 4th Round Versus Lenny Z Anthony Fowler To Box On Kell Brook-Michael Zerafa Gabe Rosado Aims To Beat Down Arias, Prevent 'Running' Tactics David Price vs. Tom Little Set, December 22 At O2 Arena Frampton Warns Warrington About Using Any Dirty Tactics Abimael Ortiz, Alfredo Santiago, Jonathan Lopez Back on Dec. 1 Oscar Rivas Aims To Be Impressive on Stevenson-Gvozdyk Card Wilder: Hearn Treated Ortiz Like Clown, All Unfulfilled Promises Danny Garcia Wants Revenge Fights With Thurman, Porter
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement