Miura's Career Change Going Well for Him... Not So Well for His Opponents

Sometimes life throws you for a loop. Sometimes it judo throws you for a loop.

Popular Tokyo, Japan, native Hiromitsu Miura was a world-class judo specialist and 9-6 as an MMA fighter, he even challenged for the WEC World welterweight championship, when he realized his true calling was as a professional boxer.

As part of his martial arts training at the Teiken Gym in Japan, Miura says he started to learn boxing to improve his stand-up skills, but quickly found a passion for the sweet science.

He is now an undefeated (5-0, 3 KOs) light heavyweight and hasn't been in a cage since.

29-year-old Miura will make his next appearance on the undercard of the March 25 ESPN2 Friday Night Fights broadcast from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Through a translator, Miura answered some questions during a break in training.

How have you and your family been affected by the tragic events that recently occurred in Japan?

No one in my immediate family was affected. However, my brother is in Sendai City as part of a rescue squad, helping with the aftermath of the disastrous events. I really want to give 100% and more in my next fight in Las Vegas for my people back home.

Are you going to stay just a boxer or are you returning to MMA?

No. I will stay as boxer and focus only on that.

Which sport is more difficult to train for?

Boxing is much more difficult because it is deeper and requires more technique throughout the sport.

Are you more nervous before a boxing fight or an MMA fight?

Both are the same. Every time I go in the ring or octagon, I give 100% to the fight.

How have the fans in Japan responded to your career change?

All of my fans who supported me as an MMA fighter now support me as a boxer.

How far do you want to go in boxing?

I will go to the top and become a World Champion.

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Article posted on 18.03.2011

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