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Road work is a type of training that boxers use to build up stamina, endurance, and burst speed as well as a method to lose water weight during weight control. The boxers occasionally stop to shadow box. This is how Takamura met Ippo for the first time.
Road work can range from running a course of anywhere from 3 to 5 miles or more, sprint sets or a combination of the two. It can include anything that the trainer can think of such as Kamogawa having Takamura push his scooter up a steep hill.An example of the application of roadwork for weight loss is how while preparing for his Jr Middleweight World Title Match with Bryan Hawk, Takamura drastically increased his roadwork intensity and volume well beyond most other boxer's limitations in order to drop the 20 kilos(44lbs) to meet the weight limit