The Japanese scene has a lot of brothers involved, some of them are well known like the Inoue brothers, Naoya and Takuma, and some of them are less well known, like the 3 boxing Tomioka brothers. What the country didn't have, until, was a brother-sister partnership in the professional ranks. That changed today when Ayato Hiromoto [廣本 彩刀] took part in his B license test, signifying that he was joining his sister Eruka Hiromoto (5-0) [廣本江留香], the current OPBF female Minimumweight champion.
Not only is Ayato the brother of a talented female fighter but he is, himself, a former solid amateur. He went 31-17 in the unpaid ranks and fought for his university team. Whilst that record isn't a mind blowing one the University league in Japan is an incredibly tough one and losses are to be expected there, with youngsters getting serious experience at a young age.
The 22 year old Super Flyweight hopeful spared 3 rounds with Yuki Nakajima (2-0, 2) [中嶋憂輝], who himself has a boxing brother, as part of his B license test today and looked very talented through out the spar. Notably he has signed his professional papers with the same gym as Nakajima, the Kadoebi Gym in Tokyo. Given Kadoebi's willingness to match their prospects aggressively this should mean we see him in meaningful fights sooner rather than later.
Although he will technically have to wait until tomorrow to be a licensed fighter Ayato has got his first two bouts pencilled in. The first of those will take place on September 20th with his second bout scheduled for November. Sadly though opponents for neither bout have been announced for the youngster.
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Earlier today we reported that Yudai Shigeoka [重岡優大] was heading to the professional ranks, following his younger brother, Ginjiro. As it turns he's not the only former amateur standout hanging up the vest and turning professional, with Kotari Shigetoshi [神足 茂利] doing the same.
Shigetoshi isn't as well regarded as the two Shigeoka but that doesn't mean he's not a very accomplished fighter from his day's in the unpaid ranks. As an amateur he amassed an excellent 50-23 record and is experienced in national tournaments.
Unlike the Shigeoka brothers, who are both Watanabe gym fighters Shigetoshi has signed his professional contract with the MT gym and his B License test earlier today saw him sparring with former Japanese Flyweight champion Junto Nakatani.
The MT Gym isn't one of the more well known gyms internationally but with Nakatani, Kai Ishizawa and now Shigetoshi the gym is amassing some quality young talent which could secure their place among the likes of Watanabe, Teiken and Ohashi.
Aged 22 and fighting at Featherweight Shigetoshi is going to be in one of the most interesting division's domestically, but is young enough develop rather than rush into the big fights.
At the moment Shigetoshi's debut hasn't been set in stone, but it's expected to be a 6 round bout in October, with Shigetoshi expected to feature on some notable cards in 2020.
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Less than a week ago we saw super prospect Ginjiro Shigeoka (4-0, 3) [重岡銀次朗] claim his first professional title, stopping Clyde Azarcon in 72 seconds to win the WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title. Today we've been informed that he's being followed into the professional ranks by older brother Yudai Shigeoka [重岡優大].
The 22 year old Yudai, the "1" in Ginjiro's 56-1 amateur record, took part in his B license test this morning, sparring with former world title challenger Masataka Taniguchi (11-3, 7) [谷口 将隆].
The youngster, who had originally planned to go to the 2020 Olympics linked up with the Watanabe Gym in April, following in his brother's footsteps.
As an amateur Yudai scored more than 80 wins and suffered just 10 losses, whilst taking a host of tournament wins, including the 2018 All Japan championships last November and reached the final of the 2018 World University Championship.
At the moment his debut hasn't been set though he will be competing at 105lbs, like his brother.
When compared to his brother Taniguchi stated that Ginjiro hits harder but Yudai is the faster fighter.
We'd expect news about his debut in the coming weeks, with it likely to take place before the end of 2019.
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In June the Dangan team confirmed the long rumoured OPBF Light Welterweight title bout, between champion Rikki Naito (23-2, 7) [内藤 律樹] and Korean challenger Gyu Beon Jeon (9-3-1, 4) [전규범]. Although they announced it for August 15th, it has slipped back to September 5th to be part of a double header card, "Warriors Invitational 005".
We now know the other part of that double header will be another Korea Vs Japan bout, with enigmatic Korean hopeful Ye Joon Kim (18-1-2, 10) [김예준] defending his WBA Asia Super Bantamweight title against Japanese challenger Shohei Kawashima (17-3-2, 4) [川島翔平], who will be looking to bounce back from a March loss in the Philippines to Juan Miguel Elorde.
A poster to promote the bout has been put together by those responsible and the Korean team at the KBF are pushing the bout by sharing the poster image.
For Kim this bout will be his first defense of the title, which he won in May when he stopped Ryo Kosaka in Yesan. The talented Korean, known as Pacquiweather, has now gone 18-0-2 since his sole loss way back in 2012, and will know that another win here takes him one step closer to getting a really big fight. Out of all the male Korean fighters he seems the most likely to be able to pick up wins against world ranked opponents, though that is yet to be seen.
Kawahsima on the other hand will not a new face to Korean fight fans. He made his Korean debut 2016, beating Jin Wook Kim, though has gone 4-3 since then, including the competitive loss to Elorde and a narrow decision loss to Cristian Mijares in Mexico. He's not the natural talent of Kim, but he is still a very well school fighter and could well be a banana skin for Kim.
Sadly the rest of details of this card, other than the double main event, have yet to be announced
Earlier today the main event of Victoriva 5 was announced and it's a match that was originally planned for last November before cancelled due to an injury of one of the fighters. Now, close to a year later, the fight will go ahead.
The match up question will see WBA "interim" Atomweight champion Ayaka Miyao (23-7-1, 6) [宮尾 綾香] take on the WBA's regular champion Monseratt Alcaron (12-4-2) in a bout to unify the title on September 12th at Korakuen Hall.
Originally the bout was set for last year, though Alcarron suffered an injury, forcing her out of the bout. She was replaced by Miyao's nemesis Nao Ikeyama [森脇恵子], in a bout for the interim title. Miyao would win the decision over Ikeyama, in what was the third bout between the two veterans and the first that Miyao had won.
Since winning the Interim title Miyao hasn't fought at all, likely waiting for Alcarron to be ready to face her. As for the Mexican she actually defended her title in April, with a decision win against fellow Mexican Nora Cardoza, in her only bout following her injury late last year.
The bout will be one of two Atomweight title fights on the show, joining the previously announced contest between IBF champion Saemi Hanagata (15-7-4, 7) [田中冴美] and Nao Ikeyama (18-5-4, 5) [森脇恵子], who will be fighting for the third time following 2 previous draws.
For those unaware the Victoriva shows are female only cards, and are a festival of female boxing, providing high level female fights, and showing that cards of female bouts can be wonderfully entertaining. Given the double main event here it should be clear the quality of these shows really is fantastic and we suspect the two title bouts will both be thrillers.
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