Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fight fans had the chance to see super prospect Ginjiro Shigeoka (4-0, 3) [重岡銀次朗] make his biggest statement so far, and claim his first professional title. Doing so in just 72 seconds.
The 19 year old from the Watanabe gym, who only made his debut 10 months ago, was up against Filipino Clyde Azarcon (15-3-1, 5) in what looked like a tough ask for someone so early in his career. Despite the step up in class Shigeoka did exactly what he needed to to announce himself, blowing out Azarcon to claim the previously vacant WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title.
Prior to the fight Shigeoka had confidently spoke about targeting the body of Azarcon, and predicted a win in 4 or 5 rounds. That prediction was at least partly right.
Straight from the off he applied pressure, targeting the body of the Filipino and applying pressure to the visitor. That pressure backed Azarcon onto the ropes, and although Azarcon tried to fight back his wild shots failed to have any success with Shigeoka backing off smartly and landing a devastating left hand to the body of the Filipino. The shot dropped Azarcon for the 10 count, at an official time of 1 minute 12 seconds.
With the win Shigeoka matches the Japanese male record for fewest fights to a title, tying the likes of Kosei Tanaka and Naoya Inoue, and sets a male speed record, claiming a title 10 months and 2 days after his debut, beating the record of stablemate Hiroto Kyoguchi's by just over a week. It may seem early but Shigeoka certainly looks like he will find his name being compared regularly to the likes of Tanaka, Inoue, and Kyoguchi over the coming years.
Tomorrow fight fans at the Koakuen Hall, and those using the Paravi service, will get the chance to see super prospect Ginjiro Shigeoka (3-0, 2) [重岡銀次朗] go for a major title in just his 4th professional bout.
The highly touted Japanese fighter will be up against foe Clyde Azarcon (15-2-1, 5) for the WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title, and today, ahead of their bout, the two men took part in their weigh in and both men, thankfully, made weight with no issues at all, in fact they were both well under the limit.
Shigeoka, the much, much shorter man, was comfortably under the limit at around 104.7lbs. He looked strong, determined Shigeoka, giving around around 10cm in height, admitted that he though getting a title fight in his 4th bout was early, but that he was happy and seemed confident, stating he was looking for a stoppage in 4 of 5 rounds, with his body attack likely to be a focus.
Interestingly Azarcon was much lighter than Shigeoka, despite being the far taller man. The Filipino, fighting in Japan for the first time, was 103lbs at the weigh in. He looked a bit gaunt, and clearly has a long body to attack, but stated he was in come condition and that he would win for his family.
Sadly for those not able to get to Korakuen Hall or make the most of Paravi, this bout is expected to air in some form next week on TBS.
Shigeoka goes for regional title against Azarcon!
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On July 27th we get a stacked card from Dangan and Watanabe. The hope had long been for the card to be made available live on Boxing Raise, given that Dangan were involved in the promotion of the show. Sadly however it's now clear that Boxing Raise will not have the show live.
Instead Japanese premium service Paravi will have the card streamed live online, allowing only Japanese viewers to watch the card which features a brilliant triple header of title fights.
The show will be headlined by OPBF Super Featherweight champion Hironori Mishiro (7-0-1, 2) [三代大訓] defending his belt against former OPBF Featherweight champion Ryo Takenaka (18-4-1, 11) [竹中 良], in what looks like a solid third defense for the champion.
As well as the main event the other title bouts on the card will see Japanese Bantamweight champion Yuta Saito (12-9-3, 9) [齊藤裕太] taking on mandatory challenger Yusuke Suzuki (10-3, 7) [鈴木悠介] and the next bout in the career of the highly touted Ginjiro Shigeoka (3-0, 2) [重岡銀次朗] , who faces Filipino foe Clyde Azarcon (15-2-1, 5) for the WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title.
Although the live broadcast news is hugely disappointing it is worth noting that TBS will show parts of the card, as part of their "Guts Fighting" series, just 2 days later on free TV, giving the fighters a chance to show what they can do to a wider audience than Boxing Raise could ever manage. In a way this is a silver lining to the gray cloud.
Mishiro takes on Takenaka in latest OPBF title defense
Saito and Suzuki battle for Japanese crown
Shigeoka goes for regional title against Azarcon!
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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