Earlier today Japanese fans saw former WBA Super Bantamweight world champion Akifumi Shimoda (31-5-2, 14) [下田 昭文] return to the ring and score a 2nd round TKO victory over Filipino journeyman Gadwin Tubigon (14-12-2, 9).
The former champion, who hadn't fought since last December's loss to Satoshi Hosono, looked sharp from the opening seconds and poor Tubigon was never really able to get into the bout, with Shimoda simply being too good. When Tubigon threw Shimoda countered, when the action lulled Shimoda used to his speed and vision to find a hole and land clean shots.
In round 2 an attack from Shimoda forced Tubigon to the canvas and althoiugh the Filipino got counted out as he began to rise.
Following the win Shimoda confirmed that his next outing would be a Japanese Featherweight title fight against the recently crowned Shota Hayashi, with that bout likely to be part of the 2017 Champion Carnival.
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Tomorrow fight fans in Tokyo will get the chance to see former WBA Super Bantamweight champion Akifumi Shimoda (30-5-2, 13) [下田 昭文] fight in a tune up bout against Filipino fighter Gadwin Tubigon (14-11-2, 9), with Shimoda expected to get a Japanese Featherweight title bout next year.
Today Shimoda and Tubigon took part in the weigh in for their bout, which will be an 8 rounder at a contracted 127lbs.
On the scales Shimoda made the contracted weight on the button at 127lbs, a career high for a man who began his career as a Bantamweight and won Japanese, OPBF and world titles at 122lbs. Despite it being a career high it is only marginally heavier than his real fighting weight of 126lbs.
Tubigon on the other hand was well under the limit at around 124lbs, way lighter than the Japanese local. This is actually one of Tubigon's lighter weights, and he has been as high as 130lbs in the past.
If Shimoda, as expected, wins here he will be returning to the ring in 2017 to face newly crowned Japanese Featherweight champion Shota Hayashi (28-5-1, 17) [林 翔太] , who won the title last weekend.
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On October 1st Japanese fans in Tokyo are in for a treat with the recently announced rematch between Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Yasutaka Ishimoto (28-8, 7) [石本 康隆] and Gakuya Furuhashi (18-7-1, 8) [古橋岳也]. That bout, announced back in August, is a brilliant main event bout for a domestic card, but today we've seen some of the under-card fighters being announced and the card really has been strengthened by those additions.
One of those fighters added to the card is the unbeaten Juiki Tatsuyoshi (5-0, 3) [辰吉寿以輝], who looks to record his 6th win and will be making his Tokyo in the process. The popular Tatsuyoshi, the son of the enigmatic Joichuiro Tatsuyoshi, hasn't had his opponent named but we're not expecting too testing for the youngster who will likely be in with an imported fighter for a 6 rounder, building on his showing against Rio Nainggolan earlier this year.
Also announced for the card, but also with out an opponent, is former Japanese amateur stand out Sho Nakazawa (8-1, 4) [中澤 奨]. Nakzawa was seen earlier this year suffering an upset defeat to Teiru Atsumi and will be looking to bounce back from that loss here. With that in mind we suspect he'll be in with someone rather limited and will be looking for a confidence building win rather than anything to testing.
The most notable addition to the card is former world champion Akifumi Shimoda (30-5-2, 13) [下田 昭文]. Shimoda has been lined up to fight for the Japanese Featherweight title next year, against the winner of the September 24th bout between Shota Hayashi (27-5-1, 17) [林 翔太] will face veteran Noriyuki Ueno (18-13-5, 5) [上野 則之], and will be looking to prepare for that bout. Up against Shimoda will be Filipino Gadwin Tubigon (14-11-2, 9), who shouldn't pose much of a threat to Shimoda, however the Japanese fighter has fought just 25 rounds in the last 3 years and will likely have a lot rust to shake.
Also for fans wanting to watch this outside of the Korakuen Hall, the show will be aired live on G+!
Yasutaka Ishimoto and Gakuya Furuhashi set for rematch!
A week ago we reported that Satoshi Hosono (32-2-1, 21) [細野 悟] had vacated the Japanese Featherweight crown, ahead of his October 3rd IBF world title eliminator with Argentina's Jonathan Victor Barros (40-4-1, 22). Today the JBC have taken the first step toward filling the void left by Hosono.
The JBC have ordered two things in relation to the belt.
Firstly Shota Hayashi (27-5-1, 17) [林 翔太] will face veteran Noriyuki Ueno (18-13-5, 5) [上野 則之] to fill the initial void in relation to the title, although ordered to fight there is not set date for this bout with September looking likely to be the earliest month possible. After the Hayashi/Ueno fight the winner will be given a 3 month window to fight former world champion Akifumi Shimoda (30-5-2, 13) [下田 昭文] in their first defense.
For Hayashi the bout will be his first for a title. The 28 year old, who debuted back in 2005, has been a fighter who has developed markedly over the last few years and turned a 15-5 (10) record around with a 12-0-1 (7) run to put himself in the shop window for domestic title fights. Whilst that run hasn't seen him beat a who's who he does have notable wins over the likes of Koji Umetsu and Zuri Kannan.
As for Ueno the 34 year old has previously come up short in 4 title bouts, going 0-3 in Japanese title bouts. The first of those saw him fought to a loss with Takahiro Ao in 2007, in 2009 he came up short against Naoki Matsuda whilst in 2012 he was beaten by Hisashi Amagasa. His only non-Japanese title fight saw him fight to a very good draw with the then OPBF champion Hiroshige Osawa.
As mentioned the date for these two fo fight hasn't been announced yet but we expect it will be shortly!
On December 29th fans in Japan had the chance to see a pair of world title fights on Fuji TV. Now it's been revealed that bouts from the under-card of that show were filmed for broadcast and will now be aired on January 8th as part of "Boxing Fes 2015 - Another Edition".
The telecast, which is to air on Friday night at midnight, is scheduled to last 80 minutes and show footage from the following bouts-
Satoshi Hosono Vs Akifumi Shimoda, a bout for the Japanese Featherweight title held by Hosono,
Takuma Inoue Vs Rene Dacquel, a bout for the OPBF Super Flyweight title held by Inoue,
and Koki Inoue Vs Jackson Koel Lapie, in what was Koki's professional debut.
Of course given the broadcast window it's clear that the bouts will only be abridged footage, except in the case of Koki Inoue's debut which only lasted a couple of minutes, though it's still great to see footage from those bouts being aired.
Sadly however the broadcast isn't on Fuji's terrestrial channel, instead it's on Fuji BS, a channel that is on satellite in Japan and very tough for international viewers to access. Hopefully however the footage will hit the video sites in the days following the broadcast.
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