The 23 year old from the BMB gym looked the better man from the opening bell. He immediately found his rhythm and was landing left hooks and straight rights almost form the off. Not only was the youngster sharp from the get go but he looked stronger and faster than Omae who seemed to have no for the younger man. Sadly the more Omae tried the worse things got for him with Ken Shiro find far too much time and room for his counter shots which landed with worrying success.
In round 2 the youngster dropped his foe who recovered well from the knockdown but seemed to know that he was really up against it and continued to take heavy shorts from the sensationally talent Ken Shiro. It was only the toughness of Omae really keeping him in the fight and the knowledge he had never been stopped in 22 previous fights must have been some encouragement to him. Sadly though the previous fights of Omae had never come against someone as talented as Ken Shiro who began to hunt the stoppage.
Although Omae was hanging in tough he was unable to turn the tide and in round 4 Ken Shiro managed to finally force the referee to save Omae who had done little to really test the young man.
Prior to this bout Ken Shiro had mentioned his hope of fighting for a title before the year was over. On this performance he is more than ready to face the winner of the upcoming bout between Shin Ono and Kenichi Horikawa, who fight for the vacant Japanese title in September, and in fact it wouldn't be a surprise to see him quickly move to targeting the OPBF title.
For Omae this will be the most hurtful of his losses. It's the first time he's been stopped in his 9 year career and it's one of the few times where he has had no answer at all to what his opponent can do. He'll likely continue his career but it's clear that he will never be good enough to test Ken Shiro, though in fairness not many fighters are going to be good enough for the youngster who is going to go very far, very fast.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)