OSAKA – Former WBA super flyweight champion Nobuo Nashiro has vowed to pull out all the stops in what he sees as his last chance to regain the world title when he faces Tepparith Kokietgym of Thailand in Osaka on Saturday.
“I just have to put everything out there,” the 30-year-old Nashiro told reporters at an open training session on Monday.
“Whatever it takes, I want to be champion again,” said Nashiro, who will take his second crack at the WBA crown he lost to Hugo Cazares of Mexico in May 2010. Nashiro has said it will be his retirement fight if he loses to Tepparith.
Nashiro has had a total of around 100 sparring sessions against former WBA flyweight crown holder Denkaosan Kaowichit and other boxers ahead of Saturday’s fight at Sumiyoshi Sports Center.
“I have been getting in some good sparring sessions. I have gained confidence,” said Nashiro. “I want to replicate what I have been doing when I get in the ring.”
Nashiro failed in his first attempt to regain the title in February 2011, when he lost a unanimous decision to Tomas Rojas of Mexico.
Tepparith, who goes by the alias “Astro Boy,” beat Daiki Kameda 3-0 last December and successfully defended his title for the second time against Tomonobu Shimizu in April.