Just moments ago Japanese fight fans at the Bunka Gym in Yokohama got the chance to see 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner, and current OPBF Featherweight champion, Satoshi Shimizu (5-0, 5) [清水 聡] record his first defense of the title that he won this past October. The talented, and heavy handed, Japanese fighter from the Ohashi stable was facing off with gutsy Filipino challenger Eduardo Mancito (15-8-2, 9) but made the bout look like a relatively one sided show case, bouncing Mancito off the canvas a number of times.
The challenger came to fight and showed that from the off as he came out trying to attack Shimizu, but lacked the nuances needed to to get inside the much taller man. Instead Shimizu picked him off and scored a knockdown in the opening round.
Thanks to the knockdown Shimizu was winning 40-35 when the scorecards were announced, but Mancito wasn't going to go without a fight and continued to try and break down the champion. This came at a price and in round 5 the champion landed some heavy blows on the challenger, and scored the second, and third, knockdowns of the fight.
In round 7 Mancito was down again, and this time Shimizu wasn't letting him off the hook, going for the finish and forcing the referee in to stop the bout.
Prior to this OPBF title fight fans in the arena had seen Takuma Inoue (10-0, 2) [井上 拓真] take a competitive but clear decision win over former 2-time Japanese Bantamweight champion Kentaro Masuda (27-9, 15) [益田 健太郎], with Masuda refusing to ever quit and coming on strong late on. They had also seen Koki Inoue (10-0, 9) [浩樹井上] stop Korean visitor Dong Hee Kim (8-2-2, 3) in 4 rounds, whilst Ohashi novices Kazuki Nakajima (3-0, 2) [中嶋一輝] and Katsuya Yasuda (2-0, 1) [保田克也] had to settle for 6 round decision wins.
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Tomorrow fans at the Bunka Gym in Yokohama will get the chance to see a pair of world title bouts, along with an OPBF title fight, as OPBF Featherweight champion Satoshi Shimizu (4-0, 4) [清水 聡] make his first defense makes his first defense and takes on Eduardo Mancito (15-7-2, 9). The match up isn't the greatest on paper but gives Shimizu a way to end the year, and notch up a defense of a title he won back in October.
Today the two men weighed in for the contest, and looked in totally different divisions as Shimizu towered over Mancito.
On the scales the champion and the challenger both came in under the 126lb limit, in fact some how both fighters weighed in at at the same, 125.75lbs.
Mancito, who looked in great shape, goes into the bout as the clear under-dog and although he's an upset minded fighter he really is up against things here against an Olympic bronze medal winner. As for Shimizu he looked a lot less ripped than the challenger, but has never looked particularly muscled since turning professional, instead just having one of those rather unusual gangly frames.
Shimizu takes on Mancito in first OPBF title defense
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After what feels like weeks of waiting we finally have news of some big yer ending bouts, with Ohashi holding a press conference this morning to announce their December 30th show, folloing a tradition of shows which have ran over the last few years. As with the previous shows that Ohashi have ran at the end of the year it will air on Fuji TV and will be headlined by the sensationally, and hugely popular Naoya Inoue (14-0, 12) [井上 尚弥], and feature a strong supporting line up.
It's fair to say that Inoue is the man that the boxing world are most interest interested in, and a man who has seen numerous top name opponents become unavailable, for reasons for, the end of year slot. As a result his opponent isn't a big name, as we'd have all hoped, but though it will be the highly experienced Yoan Boyeaux (41-4, 26). The French challenger is an 8 year professional who went 10-4 in his first 14 bouts but has since reeled off 31 straight wins, and done so as a road warrior with bouts in Croatia, Hungary, Brazil, Argentina, Slovakia and China.
On paper this is a monstrous step up for the French challenger, who has never fought at world level, but the reality is that the contest is likely to be a showcase for Inoue, who would have been desperate to be in action at the end end of the year, an continue to have such a big date in the Japanese boxing calendar.
Inoue won't be the only man defending a world title on the show, as WBC Light Flyweight champion Ken Shiro (11-0, 5) [拳 四朗] will be defending his title against against Panamanian fighter Gilberto Pedroza (18-3-2, 8), confirming the story that was reported a week ago. For the champion this will be his second title defense, and should help him prepare him for an agreed 2018 defense against former champion Ganigan Lopez, (28-7, 17). This bout is less than amazing, but given that the champion has gone in with Lopez and Pedro Guevara in his last two, few will begrudge him an easier bout.
A third title contest on this show will see OPBF Featherweight champion Satoshi Shimizu (4-0, 4) [清水 聡] make his first defense. The 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner will be up against Filipino challenger the limited but tough Eduardo Mancito (15-7-2, 9). The Japanese fighter won the title earlier this year, stopping Sa Myung Noh in 5 rounds, to move to 4-0 (4) but with just 14 career rounds he does need some solid ring time. He should be able to get that against Mancito, who has lost 6 of his last 8 but has only suffered a single stoppage and has seen the final bell against world class fighters like Rey Vargas and Alberto Guevara.
One more contest that was announced was the previously leaked was leaked bout between former 2-time Japanese Bantamweight champion Kentaro Masuda (27-8, 15) [益田 健太郎] and the unbeaten Takuma Inoue (9-0, 2) [井上 拓真]. This bout was revealed on Masuda's blog a few days ago, before the veteran deleted the post, almost as if he revealed it too early, though has now been confirmed. Potentially this could be Inoue's final bout before a long anticipated world title bout.
At the moment the rest of the card has yet to be announced, but it is expected that we will see at least one other notable name added to the show before the event takes place.
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