Earlier today the media were invited to attend the Signing Ceremony ahead of the December 30th bouts in Yokohama. Among the fighters at the event were WBC Light Flyweight champion Ken Shiro (11-0, 5) [拳 四朗] and his upcoming challenger Gilberto Pedroza (18-3-2, 8).
At the event Ken Shiro stated that his motivation had grown for this bout due to the fact it was being televised live in Japan, unlike his previous world title bouts which had been on tape delay. He also stated that he wanted to have an interesting match in the hope of getting more people to watch him.
Pedroza showed no fear and stated that surprises happen in the ring and that he would become the 31st world champion from Panama, sounding confident throught out.
Rather notably Ken Shiro attended the event today with a customer made tie which showed he names of the fighters he had beaten at world level, Ganigan Lopez and Pedro Guevara, and it seems likely that he will be updating the tie with subsequent defenses, looking to add Pedroza's name next.
The champion, who only beat Guevara in October, seemed to have reflected on his performance form that bout and it sounded like he will be looking to start faster than he did there, and not force himself to up the pace in the middle rounds.
The official for the bout will be Lawrence Cole, as the referee, with the judges being Ed Pearson, Hubert Minn and Timothy Cheatham.
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