In July we reported that former amateur standout Ginjiro Shigeoka (0-0) [重岡銀次朗] had taken part in his B-license tests. Unsurprisingly he passed those those tests and was quickly pencilled in for his debut, which has now been confirmed for September 25th at the Korakuen Hall, as the chief support bout for Hiroto Kyoguchi's (10-0, 7) [京口 紘人] bout against Indonesian foe Tibo Monabesa (18-0-2, 8).
Whilst details had been drip fed about Shigeoka's debut, originally we were told it was a 6 rounder, then that it was going to be the chief support bout, details about his opponent were slow to come out. This morning however the name of Shigeoka's opponent was revealed, with our sources telling us that Shigeoka would be facing unbeaten Thai Sanchai Yotboon (4-0, 4), a 23 year old Thai who has stopped his first 4 opponents in a combined 5 rounds.
On paper this is a really dangerous match up for the debutant, despite Sanchai's opponents so far being limited novices, however with Shigeoka boasting an incredible 56-1 (17) amateur record it's obvious Watanabe don't want to hold him back and want him to be tested early on.
It seems likely that the debuting Japanese fighter has got plans to be fast tracked and a win over the unbeaten Thai will help as his team get a chance to see him fighting as a professional. That will certainly help them to plot his future towards titles and major professional success, with almost everyone in the know tipping him for major success.
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Earlier today the Watanabe gym held a press conference to announce the next bout of Hiroto Kyoguchi (10-0, 7) [京口 紘人], the former IBF Minimumweight champion who has vacated due to outgrowing the 105lb weight division.
As has long been rumoured he will be back in the ring on September 25tth at the Korakuen Hall but unlike many fighters when they move up in weight he will be taking on a top contender and a series threat immediately, with his return bout being set against world ranked Indonesian hopeful Tibo Monabesa (18-0-2, 8).
For Kyoguchi the bout will be his first as a fully fledged Light Flyweight and will serve as a tough tune up before a potential December show down with WBA Light Flyweight super champion Hekkie Budler (32-3, 10). Budler was the man who took the WBA title from Kyoguchi's stable mate Ryoichi Taguchi (27-3-2, 12) [田口良一], who is expected to fight in December in a Flyweight contest.
As for Monabesa the bout will be his first outside of Indonesia and will serve as a massive test of what the Indonesian really has. So far Monabesa has looked like the best prospect in Indonesia with notable wins against the likes of Rene Patilano and Lester Abutan, but this will be his first bout outside of his homeland and his first against a former world champion.
At the moment the under-card hasn't been fully announced, but it is slated to feature a strong support including world ranked Heavyweight Kyotaro Fujimoto (19-1, 11) [藤本京太郎], former OPBF Flyweight champion Keisuke Nakayama (10-3-2, 4) [中山佳祐], fighting for the first time since losing the OPBF title to Jayr Raquinel in March and former amateur standouts Shu Utsuki (2-0, 1) [宇津木秀] and Ginjiro Shigeoka (0-0) [重岡銀次朗], with Shigeoka reportedly having only lost once in over 50 amateur contests. At the time of writing none of these supporting fighters have had their opponents announced for the card.
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Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall were a number of B license tests, including one of former amateur standout Ginjiro Shigeoka [重岡銀次朗], who went an incredible 56-1 (17) in the unpaid ranks, with his only loss coming to older brother Yudai Shigeoka. Not only did he have an impressive record but he was also a multi-time high school champion and was regarded as one of the hottest young talents in Japan.
At his pro-test today the youngster shone and looked sharp, powerful and quick with a very nice jab and powerful body shots.
Aged 18 the hope is that Watanabe gym will push Shigeoka fast and hard and have him follow the likes of Hiroto Kyoguchi (10-0, 7) [京口 紘人], who was fast tracked after his own amateur career.
At the moment his debut has been pencilled in for August, with Watanabe expecting to announce the opponent and date in the very near future. Given his pedigree there is no reason for them to match him softly and given his performance this morning there is no reason not to have him in with a credible opponent straight away.
One other fighter who took part in a B license test today was Yumaki Nakajima [中嶋憂煇], the brother of Ohashi prospect Kazuki Nakajima (4-0, 3) [中嶋一輝]. As an amateur Nakajima went 52-21 and was himself a multi-time amateur champion. He's signed with the Kadoebi gym and will be looking to kick off his career shortly.
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