Undefeated and number-one ranked WBO Junior Lightweight contender, Evgeny “Happy Gilmore” Chuprakov has been preparing for the biggest fight of his career, when he takes on WBO World Junior Lightweight world champion, Masayuki Ito, this Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.
Chuprakov (20-0, 10 KOs) has earned his ranking by defeating quality opposition, which includes four undefeated opponents, and capturing The Russian Junior Lightweight Title; WBO European Junior Lightweight title & the WBO Intercontinental Junior Lightweight title.
“The training camp is going well. In the beginning I had more functional work, then there were my sparring sessions. As usual. I am jogging in Griffith Park, and then have functional workouts with my coach. Each weekend I have massage and sauna sessions,” said Chuprakov.
“Each professional boxer has it as a goal, and that is to fight for and win a world championship. I am very excited, but I have an important bout coming up, and the issue is not in the excitement, but to get preparation to the bout.”
Chuprakov knows that Ito is a tough customer, but did not want to divulge what he knew about the defending champion.
“He is a good fighter. He is a world champion,and I respect that about him.”
Chuprakov has been waiting his whole career for this opportunity, and the 28 year-old Chuprakov will not let this opportunity go to waste,
“It seems like it has been a long time coming, but now it is here. I will say, that I have had great preparation for this bout. I will, put my mind for it. I will show a good boxing, and of course I’ll look forward to winning this fight and becoming world champion.”
The title fight can be seen live on ESPN+ on Sunday, December 30th with a start time of 5:00 a.m. ET, with the Ito-Chuprakov fight starting around 6:20 a.m.
Wahab wins Nigerian Home-Coming, WBF Intercontinental Title
By capturing the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) Intercontinental Super Featherweight title on Friday night, December 28, in Lagos, undefeated Nigerian contender Oluwaseun Joshua Wahab could be closing in on a shot at WBF World Champion Patrick Kinigamazi in the new year.
Based in Accra, Ghana, and fighting in his birth-country for the first time as a professional, “Sensational” Wahab headlined a show at Tafawa Balewa Square on Lagos Island, and put on a dominant performance against Tanzanian co-challenger Issa Nampepeche.
However, with two well-matched and game fighters going at it, it turned out to be an entertaining bout to watch for the large throng of enthusiastic fans in attendance, but Wahab was mostly in control and never appeared in serious danger of losing.
After twelve fast-paced rounds of boxing, judges Segun Adesanya, Lateef Muiss and Adetolla Jacobs all had the returning local hero winning the fight comprehensively by scores of 119-108, 120-108 and 119-108 respectively.
28-year-old Oluwaseun Joshua Wahab, a pro since 2018 and with Ghana national, West African and WBA Pan Africa titles also on his resume, improved his unblemished record to 18-0 (11). Issa Nampepeche (24) drops to 29-9-6 (12), after going unbeaten in his previous seven outings.