The card, promoted by Teiken, will be headlined by Shimoda in a 10 round bout at Featherweight against Filipino fighter Jerry Nardo (21-7, 11).
Shimoda, best known for suffering two KO of the Year type losses, to Rico Ramos and Marvin Sonsona, is a man who really is fighting for his career. He comes in to this bout with a 2-1-1 record in his last 4 bouts with a draw against Roli Gasca being a particular notable result alongside the memorable defeat to Sonsona in Macau. Very interestingly the 30 year old Tokyo southpaw has scored just a single win in the last 23 months, and will enter this fight with just a single win in 2 years.
On paper Nardo will the under-dog though he should certainly be considered as a live under-dog. He is the younger man, at just 24 years old, he's been active in recent times with 3 bouts already this year, and will come in to the ring as the naturally bigger man, and has in fact been fighting all the way up at Lightweight in recent bouts. Although not a former world champion Nardo is certainly better than his record suggests and many of his losses have been close, with his sole stoppage loss coming to the criminally under-rated Adones Aguelo more than 3 years ago.
As well as Shimdoa's bout we have also been informed that popular Welterweight brawler Yoshihiro Kamegai (25-3-1, 22) will be in action on this card, albeit against a yet to be named opponent. For Kamegai, who is 1-2 in his last 3, this will be his first bout back in Japan for 18 months after a run of 3 bouts Stateside.
One other bout we've been informed of in regards to this bout is a brilliant bout set to be fought at around 113.5lbs between Japanese ranked Flyweight Musashi Suzuki (11-3, 4) and 2014 Flyweight Rookie of the Year Kenya Yamashita (7-1, 4).