We've known for a while that the April 14th card in Kumamoto, headlined by Musashi Mori (8-0, 5) [森 武蔵] defending his WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight title against Richard Pumicpic (21-9-2, 6), would feature a host of exciting prospects. Those prospects now appear to have had their opponents named.
One of our most reliable and trusted sources have reported the opponents for Ginjiro Shigeoka (2-0, 2) [重岡銀次朗], Seiya Tsutsumi (4-0, 3) [堤聖也] and Sora Takeda (4-1,1) [竹田宙].
Shigeoka, who is regarded by many hardcore followers of the Japanese scene as one of the best prospects in the country, is listed as being up against Filipino Joel Lino (10-1-1, 3), in what is a brilliant match up.
Shigeoka, who turned professional last year, has looked sensational so far, but this is a worthwhile step up and sees him up against a man who took Masataka Taniguchi 12 rounds last year in a WBO Asia Pacific title bout. This is a real test, and a really tough bout for Shigeoka, who may be able to open eyes in a big way if he forces another stoppage. For Lino this is a chance to make his mark, but it is a very tough match up against one of the best young fighters on the planet.
Tsutsumi is listed as being up against experienced Filipino tough guy Ryan Rey Ponteras (22-13-3, 11), who has never been stopped in his 38 fight career. Given Tsutsumi's aggressive style and Ponteras's toughness this could be an amazingly exciting bout. Ponteras is no world beater, but is much better than his record suggest, whilst Tsutsumi has been out of the ring for a while, due to an injury that saw him cancel a bout in December.
As for Takeda his bout will see him going up against Thai Sanchai Yotboon (4-2, 4), who was stopped in September by a then debuting Shigeoka. The talented Takeda won the 2018 Rookie of the Year at Minimumweight and he should be far too skilled for the Thai visitor here.
It's hard to not get over-excited about the potential of Japanese teenager Ginjiro Shigeoka (2-0, 2) [重岡銀次朗] and today he showed why as he dazzled fans at the Korakuen Hall with a fantastic performance against Gerttipong Kumsahwat (3-2, 3).
Shigeoka looked to press the action straight away, and after just 30 seconds he dropped the Thai with a straight left hand. The Thai would regain his feet but be cornered moments later for a second knockdown, from a body shot, and then a third knockdown followed with the referee waving the bout off after just 95 seconds.
After the bout Shigeoka stated that he was hoping the bout would go a little bit longer, though he is set to fight again in an 8 round bout on April 14th in Kumamoto. Hopefully that bout will be against a more testing opponent than Gerttipong, with the original plan being a JBC ranked opponent.
As for the Thai this is the first time he has been stopped, and the loss ends a 3 fight winning run for him. It should be noted however that this was his first bout against anyone notable, and the fact he was stopped in 95 seconds will likely result in a JBC ban for him, and it's hard to really imagine him facing anyone else of note any time soon.
Tomorrow touted Japanese teenager Ginjiro Shigeoka (1-0, 1) [重岡銀次朗] will compete in his second professional bout, taking on Thai puncher Gerttipong Kumsahwat (3-1, 3) at the Korakuen Hall.
Today the two fighters took part in the weigh in for their 6 round Minimumweight bout and both made weight and looked in incredible shape.
The very highly regarded Shigeoka was bang on the Minimumweight limit and looked in amazing shape. The Thai visitor, who was incredibly ripped, was well under the limit at 104.27lbs, which was a surprise given the shape he was in.
Interestingly Shigeoka's next bout has already been pencilled in for April so it would seem like he and his team are expecting a fairly straight forward contest here.
(Image courtesy of Watanabe Gym)
We've known for a while that Ginjiro Shigeoka (1-0, 1) [重岡銀次朗] would be returning to the ring on February 26th, as part of the under-card for Vic Saludar's (18-3, 10) WBO Minimumweight world title defense against Masataka Taniguchi (11-2, 7) [谷口 将隆]. His opponent however wasn't named until earlier today.
Sadly, given that the bout is less than 2 weeks away, the expectation of Shigeoka's opponent was low and his team have done as many would have expected. They have gotten the sensationally talented 19 year old a Thai import, much like Shigeoka's debut opponent.
The opponent will be the once beaten 20 year old Gerttipong Kumsahwat (3-1, 3), who will be making his international debut.
Given that Shigeoka is scheduled to fight against in April there is little doubt that he has been matched easily here so that he doesn't get injured or cut or anything before the April show, which is expected to have a serious step up in class for the youngest. The rumour is that they are targeting a Japanese ranked opponent for that card, and if they do manage that it's hard to complain too much about Shigeoka facing Gerttipong in February.
At the moment Takayama's opponent hasn't been named, and neither has Shigeoka's, but they are expected to be named shortly.
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