Omega Boxing Gym’s hard-hitting slugger Jason Canoy “Dillinger” Manigos is giving his all in training as he prepares for his WBO Asia Pacific bantamweight title showdown against defending champion Hiroake Teshigawara on Feb. 8 in Tokyo, Japan.
The 27-year-old boxer told Cebu Daily News that he has learned a lot from his two-month stint in Japan, where he served as a sparring partner to World Boxing Organization (WBO) world super flyweight king, Naoya Inoue.
“I am [going through] very heavy training right now for this fight,” said Manigos. “I learned a lot from my experience in Japan and my confidence level has gone up because I sparred with Inoue, who is one of Japan’s best boxers. I learned a lot from him.”
Manigos holds a record of 27 wins with 19 knockouts together with seven losses and two draws. He is one of Omega Boxing Gym’s top road warriors for having fought in several other countries.
This will be his second fight in Japan. His first one was in 2015, where he lost to Hinata Maruta via unanimous decision.
Manigos was able to fight also in Russia, South Africa, Thailand, and Ukraine.
The boxer from Balamban, Cebu knows what it takes to win against the Japanese.
“I have to win this fight convincingly because I am fighting in his home. I have to knock him out. He is taller than me as well but that won’t be a factor for me,” said Manigos.
Teshigawara already beat two Filipino boxers in Junny Salogaol and Jetro Pabustan. He has a record of 15 wins with nine knockouts coupled with two defeats and two draws.