On December 30th fight fans will be able to see WBC Light Flyweight champion Ken Shiro (11-0, 5) [拳 四朗] make his second defense, as he takes on the little known Gilberto Pedroza (18-3-2, 8) of Panama.
Today, ahead of that bout, the champion took part in a public work out session and spoke to the media about the bout.
The work out saw Ken Shiro sharing the ring with former foe Kenichi Horikawa [堀川 謙一], and during the session the champion look fast on his feet, sharp with his hands and although it was only a light spar he looked really up for the bout.
In regards to the comments made by the fighter he let his ambition be known, and that his motivation for this bout is due to the high profile of the bout. Although the fight is Ken Shiro's third world title bout the last two have been tucked away on premium TV, with both being on a premium Fuji TV sister station. This one however will be on Fuji TV and be covered across the country. He stated he was wanting to use the opportunity to become famous and will be looking to score a KO to help raise his profile.
It sounds like Ken Shiro's team have got a game plan not only to defeat Pedroza but to do it in exciting fashion and try to get fans to want to see him again. It's going to be a tough ask but it looks like something they are completely focused on here.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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