Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall had the chance to give Hiroki Shiino (11-4, 10) [椎野大輝] and Yuki Fukumoto (17-11, 5) [福本雄基] a send off, as both men took part in a joint retirement ceremony.
The two men, who were stablemates at the Misako gym, both announced their retirements recently and were given a solid send off as they each said good by to active participation in the sport.
Shiino, a former OPBF and WBC International champion, paraded his belts in the ring and thanks the Misako gym for their support when he was fighting. It seemed clear that whilst he has had to retire he has no regrets about his career, and from what we understand he will continue to work at the Misako gym as a trainer, something he's been doing for a while.
Fukumoto, who failed to win any title despite having a couple of title fights, thanked fans for their support and looked like a man who was enjoying his post boxing life.
For fans interested in seeing their ceremony it was featured on boxingraise and is available to watch on demand as part of the "The 64th Sanshu Ichimonkai" show.
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Earlier today we saw Japanese sources report that former OPBF Bantamweight champion Hiroki Shiino (11-4,10) [椎野大輝] was calling time on his career at the age of 30.
The excting but flawed Shiino was eyed as a potential star when he turned profressional having been a stand out amateur on the Japanese amateur scene. Sadly though his career never hit the heights expected of it, though he did manage to leave a notable mark on the sport and featured in some great against notable names.
He won his first 3 bouts as a professional befor elosing a narrow decision to Ryuichi Funai in 2010, rather than rebuild slowly he jumped in with Konosuke Tomiyama on his ring return and beat the former world title challenger before claiming the WBC International Bantamweight title the following year. His reign with that title ended ended in his first defense, as he was bounced off the canvas a number of times by Dennis Tubieron, before stopped in round 8.
Shiino would get revenge for the loss to Tubieron in 2013, when he stopped the Filipino for the OPBF Bantamweight title but his reign as the Oriental king was short lived, losing the title less than 6 months later to Ryosuke Iwasa, and suffering a notable injury in the defeat. He would return to the ring 6 months later, beating Rodel Tejares, but suffered a 5th round stoppage loss to Hideo Sakamoto in October 2014, with that bout being the final one of Shiino's career.
Like many notable Japanese fighters who retire Shiino will take part in a retirement ceremony, with that set to be held on April 21st at the Korakuen Hall as part of full fledged boxing card. The show will also feature the retirement of Yuki Fukumoto (17-11, 5) [福本雄基] a former Japanese and OPBF title challenger who is best known for coming up short in bouts against Yota Sato and Koiki Eto.
(Image courtesy of Miako Gym)
At the start of today Hiroki Shiino (11-4, 10) was a world ranked Bantamweight and a former OPBF champion looking to take the next step towards a major bout. By the end of today he'll likely be a man wondering where it all went wrong and what caused his once promising career to falter like it has done recently.
Last June Shiino avenged a loss to Dennis Tubieron and claimed the OPBF title. With that win it seemed that Shiino was going to go on big things though sadly for him he was stopped, in his first defense, by Ryosuke Iwasa in 5 rounds. Shiino would bounce back earlier this year a straight forward win over Rodel Tejares. Sadly for Shiino the win over Tejares did little more than paper over cracks, cracks were broken wide open today by the unheralded Hideo Sakamoto (15-1-2, 5), who recorded his 5th successive win and leap frogged towards a major bout of his own.
Shiino, a noted puncher, came out looking for the KO. Sadly for him however his shots were telegraphed and Sakamoto saw them early before timing his own counters, get his shots off and landing clean with them. When that happened Shiino looked in trouble and round by round Sakamoto grew into the bout, becoming more successful and forcing Shiino to become more desperate.
The success Sakamoto was having was taking it's toll on Shiino who was dropped and began looking like a brave but beaten man. From then on it was a matter of time and as Sakamoto let his hands go towards the end of round 5 and he left the referee with no option but to stop Shiino who was beginning to take a beating.
This win for Sakamoto may not get him a world ranking, despite the face Shiino was ranked #12 with the WBC, but it will have put the division on alert and we'd not be shocked to see get a Japanese or OPBF title fight 2015 on the back of this huge, and career changing, win.
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Earlier today saw the officially weigh ins for Dangan 113. Although we,sadly, don't have the complete weigh in number we do have some details from the weigh in.
Firstly the two men in the main event, Japanese Super Featherweight champion Rikki Naito (10-0, 5) and challenger Shingo Eto (14-2-1, 9), both made weight for their title fight. The bout will be Naito's second defense of his title whilst Eto will be having his first title bout as he attempts to follow in the foot steps of older bother Koki Eto, the current OPBF Flyweight champion. Our preview of this contest can be found here.
The chief support bout, a contest between former OPBF Bantamweight champion Hiroki Shiino (11-3, 10) and the once beaten Hideo Sakamoto (14-1-2, 4), also saw both men making weight. Whilst this is clearly a bout at a lower level than the main event it's an interesting contest all the same and we do like watching Shiino in action, a lot.
Big name debutant Takaaki Kamikawa (0-0) looked rearing to go as head weightin beside the heavy handed Shoma Fukumoto (4-1, 4) in what is possibly the shows most interesting match up. Whilst it may seem strange to rate a debut as a more interesting bout than the main event we have heard so many good things about Kamikawa from his days as a debutant that it's hard not to be excited, especially given how dangerous Fukumoto is.
We've also been informed that Ben Watanabe (0-0-1) was significantly shorter than his debuting opponent Daijiro Umemoto (0-0). Although a novice we're fans of Watanabe who has made a great effort to connect with Western fans via Reddit and will actually be offering a free and legal stream of his contest on the show. To watch Watanabe's fight, and possibly some others we would suggest visiting his ustream channel and getting the local time of his contest and then checking back on Monday to watch it live.
(Images courtesy of boxingnews.jp, top is Naito and Eto, bottom is Kamikawa and Fukumoto)
Former OPBF Bantamweight champion Hiroki Shiino (10-3, 9) is training for his comeback fight following his December loss to Ryosuke Iwasa.
The hard hitting Shiino, pictured, was stopped in 5 rounds by Iwasa on December 6 then suffered from issues with his eyes. He is now back in training ahead of a comeback out which is expected to occur in June.
Although no opponent, venue or date has been set for Shiino's comeback we're not expecting it to be anyone too tough as the hard hitting Shiino really does deserve an "easy" fight to break him back in to the sport.
Whilst Shiino isn't the most gifted he is an exciting fighter with genuine power and his short lived reigns as both the OPBF and the WBC International champions at Bantamweight do show that he has got the ability to win belts. Unfortunately however the 27 year old isn't likely to be considered as one of the top Japanese fighters at 118lbs due to the strength in the division in the country with the likes of Shinsuke Yamanaka, Tomoki Kameda, Iwasa, Kohei Oba and Ryo Akaho. Saying that however their is nothing stopping Shiino from capturing a Japanese title somewhere down the line.
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