Instead of fighting at home Shibata will be making her international debut and be travelling to Guadalajara in Mexico to take on Alondra Garcia (16-3-1, 1).
When the women first met, back in 2013, Shibata took a unanimous decision over Garcia, who had entered that bout 9-0. Since then Shibata has made 5 defenses against figjters like Ana Arrazola, Saemi Hanagata and Maria Salinas, twice. As for Garcia the last few years have seen her go 7-2-1, losing to Victoria Argueta and Sabrina Maribel Perez, as well as drawing with the then debuting Eloisa Martinez. Although she has scored 7 wins they have been at a relative low level and it's hard to know just how much she has improved since her first bout with Shibata.
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