• Kyodo News


Takashi Uchiyama is fighting fit and ready to put Roy Mukhlis’ lights out in the second defense of his WBA super featherweight title at Saitama Super Arena on Sept. 20.

“I am in excellent shape and if I can stay this way until the day of the fight, make no mistake, I will win,” Uchiyama told reporters at an open training session in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Uchiyama, who has been working on his defensive techniques, looked sharp in Tuesday’s session, putting a solid guard behind a series of upper cuts that had his sparring partner on the ropes.

“I’ve seen my opponent and that’s got me fired up,” Uchiyama said of fifth-ranked Indonesian Mukhlis, who paid a visit to Uchiyama’s gym before practice. “If a chance opens up, I will put him down.”

Mukhlis manager Temuzin Rambing watched Uchiyama’s session and was confident of his boxer wresting away the champion’s belt.

“Mukhlis has more power and is no way inferior in the speed and technical departments either,” Rambing said. “I am confident of him winning.”

The 30-year-old Uchiyama was crowned champion in January and stopped Angel Granados of Venezuela in the sixth round to retain his title in Saitama in May. He has knocked out his last opponents.

Uchiyama holds a 15-0 record with 12 knockouts, while the 23-year-old Mukhlis is 23-2-2 (18 KOs).

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