Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association announced their latest monthly award winners and it was genuinely one of the best trios we've seen winning the awards.
The MVP for the month was Takuma Inoue (12-0, 3) [井上 拓真], who scored a bit win against Mark John Yap in a WBC Bantamweight title eliminator, to earn himself a mandatory title fight, albeit one he seems likely to wait a while for.
The fighting spirit award was won by Ryo Sagawa (5-1, 3) [佐川遼], who earned the award for his upset win against former world title challenger Ryo Matsumoto [松本亮]. Notably this win, as well as Inoue's, were both on the same September 11th show at the Korakuen Hall.
The State of the Art award, otherwise known as the Newcomer award was won by impressive debutant Ginjiro Shigeoka (1-0, 1) [重岡銀次朗], who destroyed Sanchai Yotboon and put himself on the boxing map with a brilliant debut.
The three award winners will be involved in a ceremony on December 3rd at the Korakuen Hall, as part of a stacked Phoenix Battle card.
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Earlier today at the Korakuen Hall fight fans got their first chance to see former amateur standout Ginjiro Shigeoka (1-0, 1) [重岡銀次朗] make his professional debut.
The former amateur star, who went 56-1 in the unpaid ranks, faced off with Thai puncher Sanchai Yotboon (4-1, 4) and looked every bit the world class prospect he was touted as being.
From the opening round he looked sharp, skilled and accurate.
Shigeoka boxed well with his jab to begin with and dropped his man in round 3 with a peach of a counter left hook before scoring a second knockdown with a brutal body shot that left referee jumping in with the Thai on the canvas, at the 1 minute 22 second mark of the round.
Following the bout Shigeoka told the fans to remember his name, and suggested he's got his eyes on world titles. Given his amateur background and today's performance there is a real buzz around his potential and how far he can go in the years to come.
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On Tuesday fight fans will get their first chance to see amateur stand out Ginjiro Shigeoka (0-0) [重岡銀次朗] make a mark on the professional scene, as he takes on unbeaten Thai Sanchai Yotboon (4-0, 4) at the Korakuen Hall.
On Monday the two men weighed in, and although we've not been given the weigh in specifics we have been informed that both men made weight for their contest.
The 18 year old Shigeoka went a very impressive 56-1 (17) in the amateur ranks and is tipped to be one of the next superstars of Japanese boxing, in a similar ilk to Naoya Inoue and Kosei Tanaka. This is however, a very dangerous debut.
The contest is planned to be the chief support bout for the card, which will be headlined by former world champion Hiroto Kyoguchi's (10-0, 7) [京口 紘人] taking on unbeaten Indonesian foe Tibo Monabesa (18-0-2, 8).
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One of the many exciting fighters who was scheduled for the September 25th show at the Korakuen Hall was Shu Utsuki (2-0, 1) [宇津木秀], who was scheduled to face Filipino Ivor Lastrilla (10-4-1, 5). Sadly however that bout has been cancelled due to issues with Lastrilla.
The bout was expected to be Utsuki's first test as a professional, and was scheduled to be fought over the 8 round distance.
As an amateur Utsuki was a real stand out, going 81-27 (23) and was looking to take a huge step up here. Lastrilla on the other hand was coming into the bout on the back of a 3 fight winning run, including a notable win in Japan against Takahisa Nayuki.
The match up falling through is a real disappointment for Utsuki and for fans, though those in attendance will still get to see a number of young and talented fighters, including former world champion Hiroto Kyoguchi's (10-0, 7) [京口 紘人], who takes on Indonesian foe Tibo Monabesa (18-0-2, 8), and the debuting Ginjiro Shigeoka (0-0) [重岡銀次朗].
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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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