Earlier today Kaoebi revealed that exciting youngster Tsuyoshi Sato (9-1-1, 5) [佐藤剛] has unfortunately had to pull out of his July 27th Japanese Youth Light Flyweight title bout against Rikito Shiba (3-0, 2) [芝力人], following an injury in training.
Kadoebi, who promote the all action Sato, didn't go into to too much detail about the injury but revealed that they are looking to postpone the bout, rather than totally cancel it, leaving the door open for a rescheduling of the fight down the line. They also apologised to Shiba, the RK Boxing family, who promote Shiba and the fans.
The bout was scheduled to be 1 of 4 title bouts on a stacked late July Dangan card, and whilst the injury is certainly a disappointing one for Sato, and for fans looking forward to the bout, the card is still a really strong one with 3 title bouts remaining. They will see Hironori Mishiro (7-0-1, 2) [三代大訓] defending his belt against Ryo Takenaka (18-4-1, 11) [竹中 良], Japanese Bantamweight champion Yuta Saito (12-9-3, 9) [齊藤裕太] defending against mandatory challenger Yusuke Suzuki (10-3, 7) [鈴木悠介] and the super fast rising Ginjiro Shigeoka (3-0, 2) [重岡銀次朗] facing Filipino foe Clyde Azarcon (15-2-1, 5) in a bout for the in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title.
On paper the Sato Vs Shiba clash looked like it was going to be something special, so we've got our fingers crossed that the bout will be rescheduled later in the year, though there is nothing official at the time of writing.
Later this month we'll see WBC Light Flyweight champion Kenshiro (15-0, 8) [拳四朗] will defend his title against mandatory challenger Jonathan Taconing (28-3-1, 22) in Osaka.
Today, ahead of that bout, we had two different stories about the contest.
Firstly it's been confirmed that the bout will be aired on ESPN+ in the US, giving American fans a chance to see one of Japan's top young fighters in action against a hard hitting Filipino.
Secondly was the fact that Kenshiro actually took part in a public work out for the Japanese press, showing the shape he was in and speaking to the press in detail about his preparation.
The fighter's father, Hisashi Teraji, stated that whilst this will be his son's 6th defense the next big goal is defense #10 and he's wanting to chace tough opponents for his son. Kenshiro agreed with the thinking, telling the press that he wanted to prove his ability and build his profile, something that having this bout shown live in both Japanese and the US will help with. He added that he had become better since winning the title but was also aware of Taconing's ability, and didn't appear to be over-looking the challenger.
Kenshiro has been preparing for this bout with a lot of sparring, and revealed that he has sparred more than 120 rounds for this bout, including rounds with former world title challenger Pedro Taduran (13-2, 10), to try and prepare for the southpaw stance of Taconing.
Notably after talking to the press Kenshiro took part in a 2 round spar with teenage prospect Ginjiro Shigeoka (3-0, 2) [重岡銀次朗], who battles Clyde Azarcon (15-2-1, 5) on July 27th for the WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title. The first round of that spar was competitive, though in round 2 Kenshiro did turn on the jets a bit and showed why he is a world champion. The sparring did however see both men taking positives, and it's clear that Shigeoka is soaking up what he can from Kenshiro ahead of his big bout at the end of the month.
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Earlier this morning it was confirmed that Japanese super prospect Ginjiro Shigeoka (3-0, 2) [重岡銀次朗] would be fighting for a title in his next bout, with that bout now set to take place in July!
The news that broke just a few minutes ago is that Shigeoka will battle against Filipino foe Clyde Azarcon (15-2-1, 5) in a bout for the in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title, giving Shigeoka a chance to claim a title in his 4th pro-bout and take a huge step towards a potential world title bout.
The talented Shigeoka, who went 56-1 (17) in the amateurs, has been eyed as the next fighter on the long conveyor belt of talent that Japan is turning out and the fact he's fighting for a title so early in his career really does show the belief the Watanabe Gym have in him.
Despite still being a novice Shigeoka impressed against Filipino Joel Lino last time out and it appears that that performance, as well as performances in the gym and his amateur pedigree, have convinced the Watanabe gym to get him this shot. If he wins he would go on to set the record for the least time for a Japanese male to win a title, 10 months and 2 days from debut, and tie the Japanese record for fewest fights to win a title, tying the record jointly held by Joichiro Tatsuyoshi who won a Japanese title in his 4th bout, Naoya Inoue, also Japanese title, and Kosei Tanaka, who won the OPBF title in his fourth bout.
Whilst the focus is clearly on Shigeoka this match isn't a foregone conclusion and Azarcon is a talented 24 year old who lost early in his career but has battled back well. He suffered his second loss last year, losing to Rene Mark Cuarto, and fought to a draw in February with Garry Rojo.
This will be Azarcon's first bout outside of the Philippines and a win would put him on the map, though he, obviously, enters as the under-dog.
This bout will take place on July 27th at the Korakuen Hall on Dangan 226, which has now become a quadruple header. The other bouts of note on this show will see OPBF Super Featherweight champion Hironori Mishiro (7-0-1, 2) [三代大訓] defending his belt against Ryo Takenaka (18-4-1, 11) [竹中 良], Japanese Bantamweight champion Yuta Saito (12-9-3, 9) [齊藤裕太] defending against mandatory challenger Yusuke Suzuki (10-3, 7) [鈴木悠介], and a Japanese Youth Light Flyweight title fight, between Rikito Shiba (3-0, 2) [芝力人] and Tsuyoshi Sato (9-1-1, 5) [佐藤剛].
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