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.
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Earlier today Japanese fans in Tokyo had the chance to catch the latest of the "Dangan" shows. The card, on paper, was one of the most interesting of the Dangan cards so far this year despite only featuring a single title fight.
The one title fight was an OPBF Flyweight title contest that saw the always fun to watch Koki Eto (17-3-1, 13) record the second defense of his title with an 8th round TKO win over the game but limited Yuki Fukumoto (17-10, 5).
Early on Fukumoto seemed to surprise Eto who seemed unsteady for a moment in the opening round and although Eto had some success in the second round he certainly didn't look like the over-whelming favourite that we had him pegged as being. Eto's failure to really settle was shown again round 3 as he dropped the round and, after 4 rounds, the open scoring was 38-38 on all 3 cards.
In round 5 things began to click for Eto who began to break down Fukumoto. The challenger was brave but he was beginning to feel the full force of Eto's shots which sent him to the canvas in round 7. From then on it seemed like a matter of time before Fukumoto would fold, though he did grit his teeth and fight back. Sadly for the challenger that was his final hurrah before he was stopped mid-way through round 8.
After the bout Eto stated he was focused on getting a world title fight. He'll need to start quicker than this if he's to win a world title, however we'll certainly enjoy watching him battle with anyone, as he's rarely in a poor fight.
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Fans at the Korakuen tomorrow are in for a real treat with the next in the Dangan series of shows. One of the two stand out bouts on card is the OPBF Flyweight title bout which will pit the always fun to watch Koki Eto (16-3-1, 12) up against Yuki Fukumoto (17-9, 5).
Eto, the taller of the two men, comes in the bout looking for his second title defense. A win here is expected to help him move towards a potential world title bout later in the year. As for Fukumoto he enters the contest knowing that a win could turn around his struggling career, which had it's high point way back in December 2010 when he came up short against the then Japanese Super Flyweight champion Yota Sato.
Today saw the weigh in for the bout and although we don't yet have the particulars we know both men looked in great shape and both made weight.
We also know that both men sounded very confident of picking up the win with the challenger suggesting he was going for a knockout and Eto seemingly being pointed towards a world title fight if he wins in impressive fashion.
All action warrior Koki Eto face Fukumoto in OPBF title defense! (Preview)
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