Former Japanese amateur stand out Yudai Shigeoka (1-0, 1) [重岡優大] make his professional debut, as he dominated Thai foe Manop Audomphanawari (3-3, 3).
Shigeoka, the older brother of WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight champion Ginjiro Shigeoka, looked calm and relaxed from the opening bell. Unlike his younger brother he was happy to fight at range, picking moments to come forward and strike with combinations, but not pushing the pace like we've seen from Ginjiro.
Instead of intense pressure Yudai looked to box at mid range, backing off between attacks and trying to catch Manop with counter shots, and single hard left hands to head and body. Although his head shots looked brutal it was the body blows that really caught the eye with Shigeoka repeatedly landing solid shots to the mid-section.
In round 2 Shigeoka rocked Manop to his his knees with a right hook early on before being back up momentarily. It wasn't long until Shigeoka picked up his offense though and began to hammer the Thai with some hugely hurtful left hands. The shots backed up Manop who was dropped by a right hook. To his credit Manop got to his feet, and continued the fight but was stopped soon afterwards as Shigeoka let his hands go again and forced the referee to stop the bout.
Given how impressive Shigeoka was it's hard to complain too much, though we would have liked to have seen more jabs from him. He showed touches of pure genius in there but still has areas to work on, and that's not a bad thing. Following the win he stated he wanted to fight domestic opponents soon, and although we weren't as impressed by him as we were with his brother, in his debut, there was still a lot to like about the older of the two Shigeoka brothers.
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Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall saw former female amateur standout Sayo Segawa (1-0, 1) [瀬川紗代] make her professional debut, taking on Thai foe Watcharin Khodam (1-3, 1).
The diminutive Segawa, who went 32-9 (14) in the unpaid ranks, looked very talented from the off as she applied constant and educated pressure against her Thai. Watcharin got through the first round without taking too much punishment, but it was clear that Segawa was warming into things.
Straight from the bell to begin round 2 the debutant upped her tempo, landing combinations straight. Those shots from Segawa had Watcharin looking shocked by the accuracy and hand speed of Segawa, who continued pressing, and after 1 minute 18 seconds of round 2 the referee stepped in saving the Thai visitor.
Despite the opponent being very poor this was still an excellent performance from Segawa who looks like she's going to be a star of the future, and at just 22 years old she is well worth attention from fans of female boxing. There's work to do, but she looked very exciting and very, very promising.
As for Watcharin it's hard to see her making any sort of a mark on the regional scene.
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Back in August we saw news break that Hasanboy Dusmatov [Ҳасанбой Дўсматов] was in the US to begin training for his professional debut. Now we have finally seen some details of that debut emerge!
According to Uzbek sports websites the fighter himself has revealed that he will be fighting on November 30th in Monaco, with his opponent yet to be confirmed.
Those details suggest that his debut be on on a card which will be promoted by Eddie Hearn at the Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medecin.
Dusmatov shined at the 2016 Rio Olympics, winning the gold medal at the 49KG Light Flyweight division, where he beat the likes of Nico Hernandez, Yuberjen Martínez and Birzhan Zhakypov. He was also crowned the Val Barker award winner and was tipped for huge things. Since then he has been regularly linked to turning professional but always ended up fighting back in the amateurs. This time however it appears things are set in stone, with the date and venue of his debut set.
We're expecting to hear about his debut opponent in the coming weeks.
Given his amateur pedigree, and the fact he's now 26, we expect to see him being fast tracked we wouldn't be surprised if his debut came against a "name" opponent.
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Japanese Olympic Gold medal winner Ryota Murata has finally had details about his professional debut given to the media.
Murata, Japan's 2nd ever Olympic Gold medal winner in boxing will be debuting on August 25th at the spectacular Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo. The 10,000 seat venue is expected to sell out to see the national boxing star and has been picked ahead of the Korakuen Hall due to huge size differential.
Murata's debut will take place over 6 rounds at a catchweight of 161lbs and will see him taking on current OPBF Middleweight champion Akio Shibata (21-7-1, 9).
Shibata a former OPBF and Japanese champion at Light Middleweight champion is unbeaten in 5 contests following a loss to Charlie Ota in August 2011. In fact Shibata last 2 losses both came to Ota with the previous one being in March 2010.
Currently ranked #16 at Middleweight by Boxrec.com Shibata is a very credible opponent for anyone, so for Murata to make his debut against him is very impressive.
If Murata manages, as we expect, to overcome Shibata it may not be long before he starts to hunt for title belts of his own.
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