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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