Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner Satoshi Shimizu (6-0, 6) [清水 聡] record his second defense of the OPBF Featherweight title, as he stopped tough Korean challenger Kyung Min Kwon (6-4, 3) in 8 rounds.
The Japanese fighter used a sharp southpaw jab early on and found a home for his left hand to the body. Kwon however showed his toughness and took the best of Shimizu's early attack, which included a some spiteful right uppercut's in round 4. The early success of Shimizu saw him leading 40-36 after 4 rounds, as the open scoring was announced. By that point it seemed like Shimizu was a level above Kwon, who showed the stereo typical heart and toughness of the great Korean fighters from the past, though lacked their skills and fire power.
Kwon battled hard in round 5 but the Japanese puncher dropped him hard in round 6, from a nasty left hand that second a 10-8 round in his favour. From then on it seemed less a case of whether Kwon would make it to the last round, and more a case of how long he would last.
Sadly for Kwon a Shimizu attack in round 8 would force the referee's hand and see the Korean being saved from further punishment.
After the bout Shimizu stated he was lookign to get a world title fight before the end of 2018.
Interestingly Kwon stated he would like to return to Japan for a fight in the future, and given his toughness, it's hard to see the Japanese fans not welcoming him back for another bout down the line.
For fans wanting to watch this bout it will be aired this coming weekend on Fuji TV on tape delay.
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Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will see OPBF Featherweight champion Satoshi Shimizu (5-0, 5) [清水 聡] make his second defense of the title, as he battles Korean challenger Kyung Min Kwon (6-3, 3).
Today the two men took part on their weigh in for the bout and both fighters managed to make weight, no issues for either man.
Shimizu stated that making weight for this bout was easy, and it seems as if he is now fully adjusted to making weight as a professional. He looked good at the weigh in and began drinking soup afterwards to aid his recovery for the actual bout. He seemed some what dismissive of his challenger, though that would appear to be down to his own self belief and it's clear that he is confident of not ony winning but going on to bigger and better things.
Kwon on the other hand appeared calmy confident, but looked tiny compared to the champion. He will be fighting in his first bout at this level and is taking a massive step up in class, for what will be his first bout outside of Korea.
For fans wanting to watch this bout it will be aired on delay on Fuji TV on April 1st as part of their Phoenix Battle telecast.
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Earlier this month we saw Ohashi gym announce their next Phoenix Battleshow, set for March 26th.
That original announcement featured only two bouts being confirmed. They were an OPBF Featherweight title bout, between defending champion Satoshi Shimizu (5-0, 5) [清水 聡] and Korean challenger Kyung Min Kwon (6-3, 3) and a bout between former 3-weight world champion Akira Yaegashi (25-6, 13) [八重樫 東] and Indonesian visitor Frans Damur Palue (15-18-2, 10).
Since that original announcement we have since had the card revealed to us, and the announcement has seen two notable fighters added to the under-card.
One of those fighters is the unbeaten Koki Inoue (10-0, 9) [浩樹井上], who will be looking to record his 7th straight stoppage and take yet another small step towards a title fight, which is expected to take place later this year. The other notable man is Ohashi stablemate Kazuki Nakajima (3-0, 2) [中嶋一輝], who will be fighting in his first 8 rounder.
Whilst it's great to see the two talented young Ohashi fighters in action, it's disppointing to know that both men will be matched with weak Thai opponents, who won't be expected to really test the two Japanese fighters, who both need bigger and better tests. Whilst we all know that Inoue is chasing a title fight it seems like this is a big step backwards for Nakajima, who should really be sticking with domestic opponents, rather than weak imports who will do nothing to develop his skill or experience.
Earlier today Ohashi Gym held a press conference to announce the "63rd Phoenix Battle", which will take place on March 26th at the Korakuen Hall. The show was announced as having two very notable, and popular, fighters set to appear on it, with both men looking to secure theri next win and move towards bigger and better fighters.
One of those fighters was OPBF Featherweight champion Satoshi Shimizu (5-0, 5) [清水 聡], who will be on the show defending his title against Korean foe Kyung Min Kwon (6-3, 3), in what a disappointing defense for the 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner. Given that Shimizu will be 32 by the time the fight takes place we have to wonder what his professional road map is, and whether he can really afford to waste time with fights like this.
Thankfully for Shimizu the plan does appear to be to get a world title fight later this year, and if tht's the case then at least there is a plan and there is a time frame for him to get such a significant contest.
The other notable fighter was former 3-weight world champion Akira Yaegashi (25-6, 13) [八重樫 東], who will be fighting for the first time since his opening round loss to Milan Melindo last May. The exciting Yaegashi will be fighting up at Super Flyweight as he takes on Indonesian Frans Damur Palue (15-18-2, 10), in what is a clear confidence building bout for the all action Yaegashi.
From what we understand Fuji TV will televise these two bouts on tape delay, likely the weekend after tha bouts take place.
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